Year Inducted: 1978
Nominated By: Halsey Cook and Bill Olsen
Sports Competed In: Baseball, Basketball. Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach
Attended Canon City H.S., Canon City, CO, graduating in 1946.
Was a four-sport, 11 varsity letter star for the Tigers, playing four years of basketball, three years of baseball and track and one season of football.
Went to Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO, and graduated in 1950.
● Participated in four sports for the Rams (football, basketball, baseball and track).
● Played first base and was a member of the only baseball team at Colo. A&M (now CSU) to play in the College World Series in Omaha, NE in 1950.
● Set the Marine Corps record in the high jump (6’3 5/8”).
● Spent 30 years as the head boys basketball coach at Pueblo Central H.S.
● Posted a career record of 238-133.
● Led the Wildcats to eight state tournaments, and finished runner-up twice (1964 and 1965).
● Selected to coach the South All-State basketball team in 1964.
● Has coached the boys baseball team at Pueblo Central since 1972 and his team have put together a record of 82-39.
● Finished runner-up to Thurman "Fum" McGraw in voting for the “Nye” Award (presented to CSU - most outstanding male athlete) during his senior year in 1950.
● Inducted into the Colorado State University's Hall of Fame on Oct. 17, 2003.
● Member of a VFW Post 61 softball team that won three consecutive national championships from 1948-50.
● Played in the New York Yankee Organization for five years (1952-56).
● Player/manager in the summers of 1956-57 for a semi-pro baseball team in South Dakota.
● Played on a team from Valentine, NE during the summers of 1958-59.
Teacher and coach for School District #60
Lived in Pueblo with his wife, Rochelle. Passed away on May 6, 2018.
Ranson photo courtesy of The Pueblo Chieftain