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Frank Ramsey’s kindness made a lasting impression on a young fan many years ago

Frank Ramsey (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Claude Hoffmeyer, formerly of Danville and a former Kentucky football player, has been a Kentucky basketball fan forever and that has not changed since he moved to Montana.

He shared an interesting memory of former Wildcat Frank Ramsey after his death this week that I wanted to make sure you saw.

“When I was 8 years old my Dad ,who was the coach at the Kentucky School for the Deaf, took me to Memorial Coliseum to see Kentucky play basketball,” Hoffmeyer posted on vaughtsviews.com.

“Frank Ramsey and Cliff Hagan noticed me talking to my Dad on our hands in sign language. They called me over to where the team was sitting awaiting their next game. They asked me about deaf language and my dad.

“Then Frank got an autograph of every player on the team in addition to Bill Spivey and coach Adolph Rupp.”

Hoffmeyer recently shared those autographs with me and I’ve been lucky enough to show them to a lot of UK fans.

“They were in a barn in Montana and I thought Kentucky fans should have them. It was Frank Ramsey and Cliff Hagan that made me a hopeless Big Blue fan to this day,” Hoffmeyer said.

“I still think Frank Ramsey was one of the best players I ever saw and seemed so effortless in his skills. Hope now he can see how much he influenced a little chap like me.”

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