Ralph Hamilton

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Ralph Hamilton
Personal information
Born June 10, 1921
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Died June 5, 1983(1983-06-05) (aged 61)
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school South Side (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
College Indiana (1941–1943, 1946–1947)
Position Guard / Forward
Number 36, 55
Career history
1947–1948 Fort Wayne Pistons
1948–1949 Indianapolis Jets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ralph Albert Hamilton (June 10, 1921 – June 5, 1983[1]) was an American professional basketball player for the Fort Wayne Pistons and Indianapolis Jets of the National Basketball League[2] and the Basketball Association of America (BAA), precursors to the modern day National Basketball Association (NBA).[3] Hamilton was traded by the Pistons to the Jets in December 1948.[3]

Hamilton, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, played collegiately at Indiana University in Bloomington.[4] He played for the Hoosiers in 1941–42 and 1942–43 (his sophomore and junior years, respectively) but then served in the United States Army for three years during the end of World War II.[4][5] When he came back as a 25-year-old senior in 1946–47, he served as team captain and led them in scoring, was named First Team All-Big Ten Conference and was dubbed a consensus First Team All-American.[4] He also scored nearly 1,000 points during his staggered college career.[4]

Hamilton died in 1983[6] just shy of his 62nd birthday.


  1. ^ "Ancestry". 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ Official NBA Encyclopedia. Doubleday, 2000. pg. 530.
  3. ^ a b "Ralph Hamilton". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Hall of Fame - 2007 Inductees". Indiana University Athletics. Indiana University. 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ Hiner, Jason; Van Arsdale, Dick (2004). Indiana University Basketball Encyclopedia. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. p. 246. ISBN 1-58261-655-8. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 

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