Birthdate: March 29, 1950
Birthplace: Bellefontaine, Ohio
High School: Columbus East (1968)
College: Cal State, Long Beach (1973)
Ed Ratleff had just scratched the surface when he led Columbus East High School (25-0) to the 1968 Ohio Class AAA championship. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward played on three NCAA Tournament teams at Cal State/Long Beach University and was a two-time Associated Press first team All-American. He was co-captain of the 1972 United States team that lost the controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union. Ratleff still holds the school (now Long Beach State) record for highest career scoring average at 21.4 points per game. His 1972-73 single season average of 22.8 stood for 20 years as the 49ers’ highest. The school retired his number (42) in 1991. He was a first round draft choice (sixth overall) of the Houston Rockets in 1973 and spent five seasons with the National Basketball Association team. He averaged 25 minutes, 8.3 points and four rebounds in 338 games.