Hamilton F. “Ham” Richardson, Louisiana, inducted in 1977
- Won two NCAA Singles Championships in 1953 and 1954 while attending Tulane University. The university made him a charter member of its Athletic Hall of Fame.
- Named a Rhodes scholar and earned his master’s degree from Oxford University.
- Diagnosed in 1949, at the age of 15, with diabetes. Doctors advised him against playing tennis. He obviously did not comply.
- “Ham” went on to win 17 national titles and play on seven United States Davis Cup Teams, winning the Cup in 1954 and 1958.
- Ranked number one in the United States in 1956 and 1958.
- In retirement, “Ham” founded the New York investment and venture capital firm Richardson and Associates.
- Married to author Midge Turk and had three children. “Ham” died in 2006 from diabetes complications.