SPROULL, RALPH DAVID “LEFTY”                

Hometown:  Lawrence, KS
Born Oct 27, 1893


CATEGORY   TOTAL   1913 1914 1915
YEAR     So. Jr. Sr.
HEIGHT         6'1
WEIGHT         175
Games Played/Started  54/   22/ 18/ 14/
Points 839   311 279 249
   Per Game 15.5   14.1 15.5 17.8

1912-13:  Lettered, Starter, Conference Scoring Champ

1913-14:  Lettered, Starter, Conference Scoring Champ

1914-15:  Lettered, Starter, Conference Scoring Champ, All-MVC, All-American (Helms)

1915-16:  Assistant Coach

Link to his Assistant Coach site


Like Tommy Johnson, Lefty Sproull was a Lawrence product and an All-American forward.  He was selected to the Helms Foundation’s All-American basketball team in 1915, the year he led KU to the Missouri Valley Conference title.  The Jayhawks shared the league title in ’14.  Sproull was a prolific scorer for his day leading the MVC in scoring all three years he played.  He finished his career with 839 points, a mark which stood on the KU books until Clyde Lovellette topped it with 899 career points in 1950-52.  His one game scoring mark of 40 against Washington University of St. Louis in ’13 also stayed on the KU ledger until Lovellette came along.  He also was a two-year baseball letterman for KU ('14-'15) and was one of the top hurdlers in the nation making it to the U.S. Olympic Trials final in 1916.

Source:  Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

Died - 24 Aug 1981