If you drive from the south side of Madisonville into Earlington you will notice only a chimney remaining to a house where Frank Ramsey once lived taken out by the tornado of November 2005, south Main/ Highway 41,that part of the road is named in his honor, Frank V. Ramsey.
Ramsey, 86, was born in Madisonville, KY on July 13, 1931 and died in Evansville, IN on July 8, 2018. He played at Madisonville North Hopkins High School. He played at the University of Kentucky from 1950 to 1954. He was drafted 5th overall in the 1st round by the Boston Celtics.
He played in 91 games and had 1,344 points during his tenure at UK. You can see his retired #30 jersey in the rafters at Rupp Arena. He served in the military. He was inducted into the 1981 Naismith Hall of Fame. He also played baseball.
While playing at Kentucky he had many accolades such as: All- American, All- SEC First team, All- SEC Tournament during all the seasons he played. He was apart of the 1951 National Championship team under Adolph Rupp. Although only 6-foot-3, Ramsey’s 1,038 rebounds ranks second on UK’s career list (Dan Issel had 1,078).
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.
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