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Birth Name: Richard Hamilton
Born: 12/31/1920
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death Place: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 12/20/2004

When one thinks of Detroit Pistons shooting guard Richard "Rip" Hamilton, thoughts of the thick, clear plastic mask covering most of his face during games comes to mind. Why does he wear it? At the onset of the 2003-04 season, Hamilton's nose was broken, then broken again that February, this time requiring surgery. After nasal reconstructive surgery, Jerry McHale, of the Michigan Hand & Sports Rehab Center, produced a mask that could be worn during game play to protect Hamilton's face. In order to rejoin the team for the playoffs, Rip would have to don the mask. He returned wearing it and went on to win the National Basketball Association (NBA) title with the Pistons that year. Born... Continue Bio >>

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