Ralph Bishop had a brilliant three-year career with the University of Washington Huskies.  In his senior year (1936) he received All-America recognition and was the Huskies’ team captain. Bishop was the only collegiate player selected to the U.S. basketball team for the 1936 Berlin Olympic games. Bishop played for the national AAU power Safeway Stores of Denver the following year and then joined the Denver Nuggets for the 1938-39 season. In 1938 and 1940 he was named an AAU All-American. During WW II, Bishop played for the Norfolk Naval Air Station, one of the best service teams in the country. After the  war,  Bishop resumed his AAU career in Denver. In 1947,  he became the coach of the Nuggets.  Under his direction, the Nuggets posted a 39-12 record and took second place in the AAU American Basketball League, second in the National AAU Tournament and third in the 1948 Olympic Trials. In 1948, Denver joined the National Basketball League with Bishop as coach, but could win only 18 of 62 games.


RALPH BISHOP Height: 6:04 Weight: 190 College: Washington’36
Ralph English Bishop Born: Oct 1, 1915 Died:  Oct 1, 1974 Hometown: Yakima, Wa.
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1932-33 Yakima JC College
1933-34 Washington College
2934-35 Washington College
1935-36 Washington College
1936-37 Tacoma Wheeler Osgood AAU
1937-38 Denver Safeways AAU
1938-39 Denver Nuggets AAU
1939-40 Denver Nuggets AAU
1940-41 Did Not Play Voluntarily Retired
1941-42 Did Not Play Voluntarily Retired
1942-46 U.S. Navy Military Service
1946-47 Denver Nuggets AAU
1947-48 Denver Nuggets AAU
1948-49 Denver NBL 12 10 2 3 .667 22 1.8
Major League Totals 12 10 2 3 .667 22 1.8
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