December 2, 1927|
|Died||November 29, 2007
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Louisville Male (Louisville, Kentucky)|
|BAA draft||1949 / Round: 2|
|Selected by the Chicago Stags|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||2,006 (15.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||251 (3.8 rpg)|
|Assists||551 (4.4 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Beard was born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. He was a member of Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five" University of Kentucky basketball team, with Alex Groza, Wallace Jones, Cliff Barker, and Kenny Rollins. Beard won a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics with the Fabulous Five and the Phillips 66ers.
Following the 1951 season, Beard and teammate Alex Groza were banned from the NBA for life by then-commissioner Maurice Podoloff after the players admitted to point shaving during their college careers. This scandal was the CCNY point shaving scandal Beard died at his Louisville, Kentucky home in 2007.
- Ralph Beard Statistics
- "All-Time Kentucky Team (Starting PG): #12 Ralph Beard". straitpinkie.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
- Former UK star Ralph Beard, part of a college basketball point-shaving scandal, dies at 79 Yahoo! Sports. 29 November 2007.
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