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DiedApril 28, 2014, Naples, Florida, United States
SpouseJean Duffey
FactPlayed for Harrisburg (1949-1951) and Sunbury (1951-1955) of EBL.

Jack Ramsay was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 21, 1925. Ramsay’s father, William A. Ramsay, was a prominent attorney and his mother, Anne (O’Neill) Ramsay, was a homemaker. Ramsay had two older sisters, Jane and Joan. Ramsay’s father died when he was three years old, and his mother died when he was 18. Ramsay was raised by his aunt and uncle, Catherine and James O’Neill.

Ramsay attended the St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He then enrolled at Saint Joseph’s College (now University), where he played on the basketball team. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Ramsay served in the United States Navy during World War II. He then returned to Saint Joseph’s College, where he coached the basketball team for one season. He then became an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1955, Ramsay was hired as the head coach of the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA. He coached the Warriors for three seasons, leading them to the NBA Finals in 1956.

In 1958, Ramsay was hired as the head coach of the St. Louis Hawks. He coached the Hawks for five seasons, leading them to the NBA Finals in 1958 and 1960.

In 1963, Ramsay was hired as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. He coached the Blazers for 10 seasons, leading them to the NBA Finals in 1977. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1976.

Ramsay retired from coaching in 1986. He then became a television analyst for NBA games. He also wrote several books on basketball.

Ramsay was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also inducted into the Saint Joseph’s University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Ramsay died on April 28, 2014, at the age of 89.

Ramsay was married to Jean (Kerr) Ramsay for 64 years. They had four children: Christopher, Anne, Margaret, and James.

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DiedApril 28, 2014, Naples, Florida, United States
Height1.85 m
ProfessionCoach, Sports commentator
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University


SpouseJean Duffey


MoviesThe Palestra: Cathedral of Basketball

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1ESPN Analyst [January 1996]
2Only man to coach a team to the NCAA Final Four (St. Joseph's, PA) and to an NBA championship (Portland Trail Blazers, 1976-1977).
3General Manager, Philadelphia 76ers (1966-1968) of NBA.
4Head coach for St. Joseph's (1955-1966; 234-72). 6 Middle Atlantic Conference Championships.
5Head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers (1968-1972; 174-154), Buffalo Braves (1972-1976; 158-170), Portland Trail Blazers (1976-1986; 453-367) and Indiana Pacers (1986-1988; 79-92).
6Played for Harrisburg (1949-1951) and Sunbury (1951-1955) of EBL.
7Went to St. Joseph's (PA) College, bachelors degree (graduated 1949) and the University of Pennsylvania, masters degree (graduated 1952) and doctorate degree (graduated 1963). Two-time All-Philadelphia (1948, 1949) and one-time team captain.
8Served in the US Navy during WWII (1943-1946).
9Played for the American Basketball League Wilmington Blue Bombers (1944-1945), Eastern Basketball League Harrisburg (1949-1950) and EBL Sunbury (1951-1955).
10Head coach for the NBA Philadelphia 76ers (1968-1972), NBA Buffalo Braves (1972-1976), NBA Portland Trail Blazers (1976-1986) and NBA Indiana Pacers (1986-1987). NBA coaching record: 826-732 (.530). 15 playoff appearances. NBA championship (1977). All-Star Game coach (1978).
11Head coach for St. Joseph's (PA) College (1955-1966). Ten postseason appearances and finished third nationally (1965). Guided the Hawks to the school's first Big 5 championship (the first of seven) and a trip to the NIT, the school's first post-season tournaments for the 1955-1956 season. His record with St. Joseph was 234-72.
12General Manager, NBA Philadelphia 76ers (1966-1968). Television color commentator, Miami Heat (during the nineties) and ESPN (he still does the latter as of 2003). Radio commentator for the NBA's "Game of the Week" (currently as of 2003). Conducts NBA coaching clinics. * *
13Basketball coach.
14Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.



The Palestra: Cathedral of Basketball2007DocumentaryHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Michael Jordan to the Max2000DocumentaryHimself
1978 NBA All-Star Game1978TV SpecialHimself - Western Conference Coach

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Mike & Mike2014TV SeriesHimself - Basketball Hall of Famer

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