Ralph Beard

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Ralph Beard
No. 12
Guard
Personal information
Born(1927-12-02)December 2, 1927
Hardinsburg, Kentucky
NationalityAmerican
DiedNovember 29, 2007(2007-11-29) (aged 79)
Louisville, Kentucky
High schoolLouisville Male
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
CollegeKentucky
NBA Draft1949 / Round: 2 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Chicago Stags
Pro career1949–1951
Career history
19491951Indianapolis Olympians
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points2,006 (15.9 ppg)
Rebounds251 (3.8 rpg)
Assists551 (4.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Ralph Beard
No. 12
Guard
Personal information
Born(1927-12-02)December 2, 1927
Hardinsburg, Kentucky
NationalityAmerican
DiedNovember 29, 2007(2007-11-29) (aged 79)
Louisville, Kentucky
High schoolLouisville Male
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
CollegeKentucky
NBA Draft1949 / Round: 2 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Chicago Stags
Pro career1949–1951
Career history
19491951Indianapolis Olympians
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points2,006 (15.9 ppg)
Rebounds251 (3.8 rpg)
Assists551 (4.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ralph Milton Beard Jr.[1] (December 2, 1927 – November 29, 2007) was an American collegiate and professional basketball player. He was born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. Beard was a member of Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five" University of Kentucky basketball team. Taken in the second round of the 1949 NBA draft, Beard played two seasons with the Indianapolis Olympians and averaged 15.9 points and 4.4 assists per game. Following the 1951 season, Beard and teammate Alex Groza were banned from the NBA for life by then-commissioner Maurice Podoloff after the players admitted to point shaving during their college careers. Beard died at his Louisville, Kentucky home in 2007.[2]

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