/‘Original sixth man’ Frank Ramsey dies at 86

‘Original sixth man’ Frank Ramsey dies at 86

NBA8 July, 2018

Hall of Famer Frank Ramsey, who was known as “the original sixth man” when he played for the Boston Celtics, died on Sunday morning, a few days before his 87th birthday.

His death was confirmed by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Ramsey was drafted fifth overall by the Celtics in 1953 and played his entire, nine-year NBA career in Boston. He won seven championships alongside greats like Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek. His 8,378 career points rank 16th all-time for the Celtics, who retired his No. 23 jersey.

Ramsey was a member of the University of Kentucky’s 1951 national title teams and the undefeated 1953-54 team. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981.

While with the Celtics, Ramsey averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.