Frank Ramsey, a Kentucky men’s basketball national champion, All-American and UK Athletics Hall of Famer, died Sunday morning from natural causes in his hometown of Madisonville, Ky. His 87th birthday would have been Friday. Ramsey was a key contributor on Kentucky’s 1951 national championship team and one of the stars of the 1954 team that went a perfect 25-0 but declined an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. A five-year star (1950-54) and three-time All-American under legendary head coach Adolph Rupp, Ramsey would go on to play an integral part in the Boston Celtics dynasty in the 1950s and ‘60s, winning seven NBA titles with the franchise. Ramsey is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the College Basketball Hall of Fame and the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. His No. 30 hangs from the rafters at Rupp Arena.
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