Triptow attended Lane Tech High School and DePaul University, both in Chicago, Illinois. From 1944 to 1949, he played professional basketball in the National Basketball League and National Basketball Association as a member of the Chicago American Gears, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, and the Baltimore Bullets. Playing alongside George Mikan, Triptow won an NBL championship with the Gears in 1947. Triptow coached the Lake Forest College men's basketball team from 1959 to 1973.
In 1997, Triptow wrote a book about his experiences with the Chicago American Gears, called The Dynasty That Never Was (ISBN 0965928004).
- NBA statistics
- Association for Professional Basketball Research's NBL statistics - downloadable database
- "Richard Triptow Obituary". Tribune Publishing Company. Chicago Tribune. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
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