Full name: Ralph Waldo Hammonds
Born: July 9, 1906 in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Died: May 5, 1966 in Houston, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Texas Longhorns, Austin (USA)
Country: United States
Ralph Hammonds was a versatile athlete at the University of Texas, a pole vaulter on the track team and a wrestler. He was Southwest Conference champion in the pole vault and finished tied for second at the 1927 NCAA Championships. Hammonds was AAU Champion in 1925-26 as a wrestler, and competed in the first NCAA wrestling championship in 1928, where he placed second to George Rule of Oklahoma A&M. At the 1928 Olympic Trials, however, Hammonds went undefeated to earn his trip to Amsterdam, making him the first Olympian from the University of Texas.
Hammonds later wrestled professionally for a few years, but then became a sports promoter, in wrestling, golf, and fishing tournaments. He was instrumental in bringing the 1946 AAU Championships to San Antonio, the first major national championship to be held in Texas.
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Wrestling||Men's Middleweight, Freestyle||United States||USA||4T|
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Wrestling||United States||USA||Final Round||Match #1||2||1928-08-01||Kyburz (SUI) , Hammonds (USA)|
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Wrestling||United States||USA||Semi-Finals||Match #2||1||1928-07-31||Hammonds (USA) , Pekkala (FIN)|
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Wrestling||United States||USA||Quarter-Finals||Match #3||1||1928-07-30||Hammonds (USA) , Van Der Herten (BEL)|
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Wrestling||United States||USA||Round One||Match #6||AC||1928-07-30||Hammonds (USA)|