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Subject: Frank Ramsey, basketball star at U of Kentucky and the Boston Celtics, dies a week short of his 87th birthday .....


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Ed Tracey
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Date Posted: Sunday, July 08, 03:22:59pm

One of UK's all-time greats has died. Kentuckian Frank Ramsey, the original Sixth Man, was 86.

Frank Ramsey, a native Kentuckian whose basketball legacy includes helping the University of Kentucky win the 1951 national championship, then becoming the original Sixth Man of the Boston Celtics and ultimately induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982, died Sunday morning in his hometown of Madisonville. He would have turned 87 on Friday.

A first-round pick of the Boston Celtics in 1953, Ramsey played on seven NBA championship teams. In his 623 NBA games, he averaged 13.4 points.

With all-stars Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman the starting guards, Boston’s coach, Red Auerbach, made Ramsey the team’s Sixth Man, a role previously uncelebrated. Ramsey began a tradition of famed Sixth Man players for the Celtics that was to include John Havlicek, Paul Silas, Kevin McHale and Bill Walton.

Ramsey “wrote the book on the job,” Hall of Fame sportswriter Bob Ryan wrote in his history of the Celtics. “Ramsey would handle more than one position and affect the game in numerous ways,” Ryan wrote. “Though just 6-3, he was tough enough and clever enough to play forward. Auerbach reasoned that bigger forwards would have more difficulty keeping up with Ramsey than Frank would have handling them. . . . And when Ramsey played guard, he was a real big guard for the era. He had an incredible capacity to come in cold and hit his first shot. It seldom took him long to get his name on the stat sheet.”

The rest can be read at:

https://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article214523299.html

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