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Ralph Hammonds

Full name: Ralph Waldo Hammonds
Gender: Male
Born: July 9, 1906 in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Died: May 5, 1966 in Houston, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Texas Longhorns, Austin (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling


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.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Freestyle United States USA 4T

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
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)
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