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Ralph Bishop

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted 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


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