While younger NBA fans, such as myself, associate Dr. Jack Ramsay with being one of the last great color announcers in basketball, the Upper-Darby graduate coached locally for both the St. Joe’s Hawks (1955-1966) and the Sixers (1968-1972), during his hall-of-fame coaching career.
The Sixers, one of his two former local employers, issued this statement this morning, regarding the news that Cancer had beaten the basketball icon.
“Dr. Jack Ramsay was a legendary figure in Philadelphia and a man whose passion and contributions to this city and the game of basketball will long be remembered,” said Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “He left an indelible mark on the basketball community – from the Big 5 to our organization and throughout his storied career within the NBA – and was a friend and mentor to those who knew him, both on- and off-the-court. On behalf of the Sixers organization, we truly mourn the loss and send our deepest condolences to the entire Ramsay family.”
For everyone at Section 215, and the NBA community as a whole, this is a big loss, of someone who turned in two hall of fame careers (coach and announcer) in the game of basketball.