Inductee Information


Ralph Watts



Induction Category



Ralph Watts is only the second person to be inducted into all three categories of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame (player, team and builder). He followed up a very successful playing career with Winnipeg Paulins by contributing to the game in many capacities as an administrator. In 1968 he led the formation of a resurrected Winnipeg Junior Men’s League of which he was the President for two years. He also chaired the basketball competition in the 1974 Centennial Games. In 1976 he was one of the founders of the Nicollet Inn Senior Men’s team and saw them win 3 national senior championships. In addition, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Amateur Basketball Association (MABA - which later became Basketball Manitoba) and served as president for four years, 1978-1982. In 1983 he chaired the founding committee for our Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and chaired the first three induction dinners in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Furthermore, Ralph coached many different teams from 1946 to 1968 including the ‘Pegs of the Winnipeg Jr. Women’s League, Salisbury in the McGregor Jr. Men’s League, the Rockettes in Jr. Women’s, King’sBest Sr. Men’s where he was a player-coach,his daughter’s team at Sacred Heart School and the Manitoba Buffaloes in the Canadian Olympic Trials in 1956.

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