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"King" Carl Ridd (August 17, 1929 - March 29, 2003)

Inducted 1983

He was known as "King Carl" and rarely has a title been more appropriate.

From the time he began shooting baskets in the basement of the Westminster Church in 1941 until his retirement in 1955, Carl Ridd was the undisputed monarch of basketball in Manitoba. However, this was not an inherited title, it was earned. The natural skills that Ridd brought to the game were considerable, but no greater than many of his contemporaries in what was the golden age of Manitoba basketball. What distinguished Carl Ridd from the crowd was neither height nor speed nor coordination, but rather determination, dedication, and plain hard work. He was an intelligent and unselfish team player. To opponents, however, the most imposing aspect of his game was the awesome accuracy of his shot. Over the years, it brought him every honour that the game had to offer... a leadership role on championship teams, a contract offer from the Milwaukee Hawks of the National Basketball Association in 1952, and countless selections to all-star teams.

The accomplishments of "King Carl's" fourteen-year reign are numerous, among which are the following highlights: 1945-47: led the Gordon Bell Panthers to the provincial high school basketball championship. 1949-50: ranked as the fourth highest scorer in North American college basketball. 1952: played guard for the Canadian Olympic Team at the Helsinki Games. 1954: as the team's leading scorer, led Winnipeg Paulins to the Canadian Senior Basketball Championship. Ridd later played for the Canadian national team in the World Basketball Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was named to the tournament's second all-star team and was the first Canadian ever named to world all-star team.

Ridd led the Winnipeg Senior Men's League in scoring on six occasions. Ridd has been named to the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame, Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, and holds a spot on the Bisons Walkway of Honour at the University of Manitoba.

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