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Ralph Beard

Full name: Ralph Milton Beard, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: December 2, 1927 in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, United States
Died: November 29, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Affiliations: Kentucky Wildcats, Lexington (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

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Biography

Ralph Beard was a three-time All-American guard on the Kentucky basketball team which sent five members to the London Olympics. He then joined his teammates on the Indianapolis Olympians but played for only two seasons in the nascent NBA, as he was brought down by a point-shaving scandal in which he was accused and barred from the NBA for life. He later admitted to taking about $700, but repeatedly denied shaving points, saying he “was too selfish as a basketball player, too proud of who I was, to ever play less than my best.” Beard’s two years in the NBA were very successful, however. He was a playmaking guard who was among the assists leaders in both years and was voted first-team All-NBA in 1951 after having made the second team as a rookie. At the University of Kentucky, he had played on two NCAA Championship teams in 1948 and 1949. He was inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 1985 and had his jersey retired by the school. Beard later went into the wholesale drug business. His brother, Frank Beard, became one of the top players on the PGA Tour in the late 1960-early 1970s.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 20 London Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1948 Summer 20 London Basketball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1948-08-13 USA 65, FRA 21 4
1948 Summer 20 London Basketball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1948-08-12 USA 71, MEX 40 6
1948 Summer 20 London Basketball United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1948-08-09 USA 63, URU 28 2
1948 Summer 20 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #1 1 1948-07-31 USA 86, SUI 21 6
1948 Summer 20 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #6 1 1948-08-02 USA 53, TCH 28 7
1948 Summer 20 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #10 1 1948-08-04 USA 66, EGY 28 1
1948 Summer 20 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #14 1 1948-08-06 USA 61, PER 33 0
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