Cal Ramsey Inducted in 1994

Player Inducted in 1994
Cal Ramsey Cal Ramsey, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 1994
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Calvin Ramsey (July 13, 1937 – March 25, 2019) was born in Selma, Alabama, he attended the High School of Commerce in NYC. At Rucker Park League, he was known for battling Connie Hawkins on the asphalt.  After graduating high school he joined the NYU Violets in 1956. At NYU, he played with future hall of famer Thomas “Satch” Sanders. Over three years, he averaged 20.2 points per game and 17.5 rebounds. in his senior year, 1958, Ramsey was named an All-American.

In the 1959 NBA draft, the St. Louis Hawks selected him with the 13th overall pick. professionally he would play for the New York Knicks (1959), and the Syracuse Nationals (1960). After his playing days ended, Ramsey, in 1972, joined the Knicks broadcasting team, a position he held until 1982. He called the Knicks' win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1973 NBA Finals and, over his tenure, worked with Dick Stockton for one season, and Marv Albert, who joined the television crew in 1979.  After leaving the Knicks, he joined the coaching staff of NYU in 1983, which restored its basketball program after a 12-year hiatus. His former teammate at NYU, Mike Muzio, was appointed as the head coach. He continued in that role for the remainder of his life. In 1991, the Knicks hired him as a community ambassador where he worked with schools and youth programs. James Dolan called Ramsey "one of the greatest ambassadors in New York City basketball history."