Ralph Bishop

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRalph English•Bishop
Used nameRalph•Bishop
Born1 October 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, New York (USA)
Died1 October 1974 in Santa Clara, California (USA)
Measurements193 cm / 86 kg
AffiliationsWashington Huskies, Seattle (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Ralph Bishop was a center at the University of Washington. In 1936 their team finished third in the Olympic Trials and was therefore allowed to select one player to join the 14-man Olympic basketball roster. Bishop did not play a lot at the Games but he had great success on the trip to Berlin. He won the U.S. Olympic team’s ping-pong tournament by defeating fellow hoopster Sam Balter in the finals. After the Olympics, Bishop played AAU basketball for several years.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Basketball (Basketball) USA Ralph Bishop
Basketball, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold