Ralph Hamilton

Ralph Albert Hamilton (June 10, 1921 – June 3, 1993) was an American professional basketball player for the Fort Wayne Pistons and Indianapolis Jets of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America (BAA), precursors to the modern day National Basketball Association (NBA). Hamilton was traded by the Pistons to the Jets in December 1948.

Hamilton, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, played collegiately at Indiana University in Bloomington. 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. 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. He also scored nearly 1,000 points during his staggered college career.

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

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