William E. "Bill" Ransom '57

Inducted 2004

A testament to Bill Ransom's contributions to the three sports at which he excelled, all but one of the teams he participated on achieved Mid-South championship titles.

An outstanding all-around athlete, Bill played varsity football and basketball and co-captained the track team. Lettering in all three sports, he held individual titles in the long jump in Mid-South and Baylor Relays competition during his junior and senior years.

His success continued in college and with the U.S. Navy. Awarded a full athletic scholarship to Georgia Tech, he distinguished himself in track, in which he lettered all four years and claimed a record-breaking SEC championship in the long jump. He also held Tech's all-time records in the high jump and pole vault. As a member of the Navy's track team, he served as captain and was named to the U.S. Navy All Star Team in 1964 and 1965. He was a champion in the pole vault and set a record in the 12th Naval District in the 120-yard high hurdles.

In 1964, he competed in the decathlon in the Olympic Trials, placed in the decathlon and pentathlon at the AAU National Championships, and was selected to the U.S. National Track Team, which competed in an overseas tour.

A former securities broker, he is now a successful realtor. Bill is the father of five children. He and his wife, Leslie, are the parents of Natalie, a member of Baylor's Class of 2001.

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