Ralph Beard

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Ralph Beard
Personal information
Born (1927-12-02)December 2, 1927
Hardinsburg, Kentucky
Died November 29, 2007(2007-11-29) (aged 79)
Louisville, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Louisville Male (Louisville, Kentucky)
College Kentucky (1945–1949)
BAA draft 1949 / Round: 2
Selected by the Chicago Stags
Playing career 1949–1951
Position Guard
Number 12
Career history
19491951 Indianapolis Olympians
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 2,006 (15.9 ppg)
Rebounds 251 (3.8 rpg)
Assists 551 (4.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ralph Milton Beard Jr. (December 2, 1927 – November 29, 2007) was an American collegiate and professional basketball player.[1]


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.

A jersey honoring Beard hangs in Rupp Arena.

Taken in the second round of the 1949 NBA draft, Beard played two seasons with the Indianapolis Olympians and averaged 15.9 points and 4.4 assists per game.[2]

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.[3]


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