Born December 4, 1933 Dick Ricketts played in the NBA mainly as a Forward/Centre during their playing career, season(s): 1956-1958. Richard James Ricketts, Jr. was an American professional basketball and baseball player. Ricketts was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1955 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks out of Duquesne University. Ricketts played professional basketball and baseball simultaneously and retired from basketball to play baseball.