4.26.2017

Frank Ramsey: Seven Titles, One Ring



Frank Ramsey was a Hall of Fame forward on the Boston Celtics in the '50s and '60s, an era when Bill Russell ruled in the paint and the Celtics won 11 NBA titles in 13 years.



Ramsey played on seven Celtics title teams -- he got only one championship ring. "There wasn't enough money to buy them," he said.

The Celtics gave out rings only to players winning their first championship. The rest of the squad got cuff links, goblets, captain's chairs, or pendants with a shamrock and a little diamond. "My wife and daughter wore the pendants," Ramsey said.

When the Celtics won their first title in 1957, Ramsey's playoff check was $1,500. "That helped you get through the summer and buy groceries," he recalled.

Ramsey, 76, is now a bank president in Dixon, Ky.

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