The 35th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Dr. Ralph Richter
One of the finest all-around athletes to play for Elder High School during the 1940s, Ralph Richter earned seven varsity letters during his career with the Panthers - four in basketball, two in football, and one in baseball. Records also indicate that he ran hurdles for Elder's track team, though he apparently did not earn a varsity letter despite having earned the nicknamed of ''The Greyhound.'' A two-way starter in football, Richter starred in Elder's vaunted backfield with fellow LaRosa's Hall of Famer Bob Hoernschemeyer (1988 Inductee). Yet it was basketball that Ralph clearly excelled. Believed to be a double-figure scorer as a senior - which was rare during that time - Ralph was named both all-city and all-Ohio as a senior. Perhaps a clearer indication of Richter's basketball prowess was revealed at the University of Cincinnati. When he graduated with 1,053 career points he was both the first Bearcat to score 1,000 points in a career and was UC's all-time leading scorer. His 460 points scored in 1949 was the first time any UC player scored more than 400 and it was never bettered until six years later by Jack Twyman. In fact, various reports indicate Richter's 460 points led the nation in scoring that year and that he was named honorable mention All-America. UC posted a 50-12 record during Richter's final three seasons and won the Mid-American Conference title twice He graduated with a medical degree from U.C. and went on to become one of the leading orthopedic surgeons in Cincinnati. More so than his renowned athletic prowess, Dr. Ralph Richter was a beloved figure on Cincinnati's West Side for being Elder’s team physician for more than 40 years. Not only did he maintain a private practice in Westwood, Dr. Richter was the Cincinnati Bengals' team physician from 1972-80. He taught medicine at UC, was president of the Medical-Dental Staff at St. Francis Hospital and was a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Richter was inducted into the University of Cincinnati basketball Hall of Fame in 1989, the Hamilton County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, and was named Ohio's Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association in 1986. Both Dr. Ralph Richter and his wife, Elaine, are deceased. They are survived by his sons: Dr. Ralph Jr., Dr. Robert, Dr. Randy, Dr. Ron, and daughters, Elaine Lucas, Marijo McKenna, and Cathy Eagan, and 12 grandchildren.