How tall is Ralph Sampson

Ralph Sampson's Height

7ft 1in (215.9 cm)

Peak height was 7ft 2in (218.4 cm)
American, former Basketball player, who played for The Houston Rockets.
I'm normal. A lot of people feel that because I'm 7 feet 4, I'm a freak. But I'm not.
-- Newsweek, 1981

How tall is Ralph Sampson
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Average Guess (7 Votes)
Peak: 7ft 1.89in (218.2cm)
Current: 7ft 0.89in (215.6cm)
Canson said on 21/Oct/17
I think Rob has him close enough. People assume he’s that tall because of how Olajuwon is listed. Hakeem was 6’9”-6’9.5 barefoot just like Mario Elie (his former teammate described him). Today he isn’t over 6’9”. Look at Hakeem next to drexler or Vince carter both 6’5. Sampson could be barely 7’1 today even like 7’0.5-7’0.75. If you see him with KAJ he’s def not as tall as him.
Junior said on 21/Oct/17
7 foot 4 in elevator shoes and 7'2 barefoot peak.
Mr. R said on 19/Oct/17
I met Ralph in 1988. I was working at a church and saw this very tall man. When he left I asked his name and he told me Ralph Sampson. I turned to my colleague and said was that "the" Ralph Sampson? He said: "How many 7 foot 4 Ralph Sampsons are out there" Hilarious
Nik said on 23/Sep/17
@ Sandy Cowell - Hi again!

This is my second reply to you on this page today, the first one I sent at before 6 o'clock this morning along with a reply to Gladstone Screwer on another page! I nearly had a fit when I saw that Gladstone's reply had been published this morning dated the 23rd September as not even many of the comments dated the 22nd September had been published at that time! My first comment to you has not been published yet but it will be soon!
It always cheers my Mum and myself up when we predict where we come up to on the tallest people, particularly when we want some light relief after a bad day! I would love to meet some 8 footers, like Sultan Kosen, to see where I would come up to on them!
My Mum most certainly is very fit and youthful for her years, I sometimes wonder where she gets her energy from! She doesn't eat much or sleep much, it's remarkable that she is so full of life! She does eat healthily and she is very active so these must be the things which keep her so youthful.
You must have been surprised at your Mum's reaction when you brought home that porno magazine which you once found, I bet her reaction was a very pleasant surprise for you. I once had something like this planted on me when I was at high school and my Mum found it in my belongings! I would have done exactly the same as you did if I had found a porno magazine when I was a kid, as I think most kids would, but the reaction you may get from your parents is the one thing that you fear should you be caught out!
You are totally correct in the irony and appropriateness of your autocorrect changing porno to people, with these magazines being full of beautiful people!
I am writing this comment from Whitby this Saturday night, we arrived at about 3 o' clock this afternoon. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

It's one year and counting for me now on celebheights!

Cheers Sandy!
Editor Rob: a year is a long time to be a regular visitor...!
Nik said on 23/Sep/17
@ Sandy Cowell - Hi!

I am sorry to hear that you are terrified about the operation, I do not know what is involved with the operation myself. I will be glad when everything is sorted out and you will be able to walk again, and without any discomfort too. I will let you into a little secret, I also walk with the aid of a stick due to my EB, because as I have said before my condition affects my feet mainly.
I hope you have a good weekend Sandy, my Mum and I are going to Whitby today for a week, Mark is taking us and him and his girlfriend and Jasmin the dog are staying for the first night!
Can you still use your vibrostation or is painful to do so? Have you considered getting an exercise bike Sandy? Only you can decide whether getting one would be right for you but I will say you can use them when you are sat down in a chair. Talking about such things I have a 4th instalment of health tips on the way very soon so I will let you know just before I send them to East Kilbride!
I have been on this website a year tomorrow, I think, and I have been friends with you for the best part of this year, my life is richer for knowing you and I look forward to this adventure going on and on. I also like your family and your boyfriend Jim even though I haven't communicated with any of them, sometimes you can just tell who the good people are.
Oh yes, I have posted a couple of comments on Dylan Sprayberrt's page too! Also is Jim's car the blue 'un?

Have a great weekend Sandy!
Sandy Cowell said on 22/Sep/17
@ Nik - It's great that you are able to joke about with your Mum about where you two would come up to on people! I never did that with mine, but we joked about other unusual things!

Perhaps the funniest fright I got was when I was still quite a little girl and I came home with a porno* magazine I'd found on my way home from school! Instead of telling me off, she sat down at the table with me and looked at it too! I couldn't believe it! Many a person would have judged her to be extremely prim and proper! Little did they know!

Yes, Nik, you must make the most of these precious times with your Mum! She strikes me as very youthful and young beyond her years!

* That autocorrect of mine wanted to replace 'porno' with
'people'! Rather appropriate, don't you think? 👫👬👭

Cheers Nik! Enjoy your weekend! 🐩😊
Sandy Cowell said on 21/Sep/17
ALSO for the attention of Rob and anyone else who wishes to read it!
@ Nik - Hi! I will have to get my thinking cap on to reply to this one. At the moment I wouldn't make much sense because I have the following on my mind....
I was at the hospital today. My boyfriend dropped me off there or I wouldn't have made it. I'm in too much pain.
When I arrived in the consultation room, I was greeted by an X-ray of my hip - upper leg area. What a mess!
Within minutes, the consultant told me that I will have to have a major operation and the waiting list is 6 months. I was pretty shaken up when I heard the details and I still am. It sounds nasty, but I have to have it or be like this for the rest of my life. The op falls under the 'hip replacement' category, but at least I will be able to walk again, so I'm going to proceed. In fact, as of today, I'm on the waiting list.
Without having to even ask him about my inch/centimetre problem, he measured both my legs. He said that the left one is so badly out of its joint, literally, that there is a 3-4 centimetre difference between my left one and my right.
When I arrived home I phoned my Dad and told him the news, shortly afterwards asking him if he thinks I'll get those centimetres back and he said "Of course you will!" So that means I should be at least 153cm afterwards - AND I'll be able to walk without this agony. It's so difficult to walk now that I need the stick near me even in bed, for when I have to get up to use the you-know-what.
I was told that it could be a progression from the fall, but on the other hand, it might not be.
So that's my news! I suppose it is good news, but the operation will be a big'un! So I am terrified but optimistic at the same time! 😨 😌

Cheers! 🙋 🙋

Have a great weekend! 👍 👍
Duhon said on 21/Sep/17
Bard said on 19/Sep/17
Rob, could you add a page for Dikembe? I think's he's around 7'1 like Ralph.

He looks like a true giant in this pic with Bill Clinton Click Here and is edged a bit by an older Kareem now Click Here

He was measured 7'1" barefoot.
Bard said on 19/Sep/17
Back on the subject of this guy. He literally has a one in a million height already, and he's still obviously inflating it? Ffs
Bard said on 19/Sep/17
Rob, could you add a page for Dikembe? I think's he's around 7'1 like Ralph.
Nik said on 18/Sep/17
@ Sandy Cowell

Comparisons between people, whether it be celebrities or members of the public, are fascinating and is great for adults, and children alike, in order to enhance their own knowledge on how members of the public or celebrities differ from each other, and in many different areas. As far as children are concerned things like this really add to a pleasurable and informative learning experience as it teaches children about some important aspects of history and about the ever changing human being over time.
I would love to see some accurate material displaying the average heights from the different ages of man and from all the different countries across the globe, as well as how people's clothing and hairstyles have changed throughout history, plus how people have changed in other areas, and to have all this information pooled together in one book or on one poster for example really would be fantastic!
If records on people's height weren't kept until fairly recently then it may be difficult to make such a chart, although like you said Tony Robinson may be the man to ask about this. Examining skeletal remains may be a method of providing rough estimates on the average height of people over time, and there may be other things experts could explore to work out some estimates, if that is all that can be provided.
Too true Sandy, people like Ralph do not have the neck strain, that the likes of us have in looking up at taller people! The amazing thing is that people who are 6'0" are only up to this guys shoulders and people of 6'3" are only hovering just above his shoulders! My Mum and I like to joke about where we would come up to on people of Ralph's height, whether it would only be up to the chest, or even stomach level!

Cheers Sandy!
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Sep/17
@ Nik - What I find useful in such cases as this one are the maps you can find often in newspapers, where they tend to compare celebrities, and science books, frequently used in schools, where they compare an enormous variety of people, from ones from the different ages of Man and people in the countries all over the globe. They are as easy as pie to master and would be an interesting way of passing the time to make your own, especially for kids, wishing to compare ape man to iron age man, and man from the start of this Royal lineage, when William the Conqueror came over from France, fought for, and won, the English throne in 1066, then 500 years later at the beginning of the House of Tudor's time on the throne and then the First World War, when records were kept, right up until now! There would be call for checking out each century's average.
I wonder if it would be possible to make such a chart as records weren't kept until comparatively recently. Things like that are always niggling away at me! Is it true that just skeletal remains are our only guidelines or can we find other ways of tracing Man's historical height progress! 'Blackadder' actor and archeology expert Tony Robinson OBE would be the man to ask!
Finally, it wouldn't surprise me to find out whether extremely tall people like Ralph here have difficulty guessing the heights of people around 2ft or more smaller than they are. I would think the answer is "probably not!"
They don't have to strain their heads looking up! We don't have that trouble judging kids' heights, and that's about the same difference!

Have a terrific weekend Nik!
Nik said on 15/Sep/17
@ Sandy Cowell

Often it is difficult to tell the difference between a 7'1" guy and a 7'4" guy, not that I have much experience of doing this! I just had a gut feeling that 7'1" was more appropriate than 7'4" for Ralph. I would be about up to the chest level on guys like Ralph and it is so hard to tell what height people are the taller they are, like you said, the best policy is to have a few smaller people nearby to use as yardsticks with each other and the 7 footer!

Cheers!
Sandy Cowell said on 14/Sep/17
@ Nik - In all honesty, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a guy of 7ft1 and 7ft4! 👍
Canson said on 14/Sep/17
Rob has it right once again! A taller guy like this can vary a lot. Maybe he is 7'0" and change at his lowest and 7'1" and change peak but not 7'4
Tunman said on 14/Sep/17
Funny that even a 7'2 is G'ing his height to 7'4.I could understand that need from people under 6' but over 7'!!!
Sandy Cowell said on 14/Sep/17
😠 Mistake Alert 😠

That should have read that Ralph doesn't look OLD enough, and not OLDER enough!
(I wrote it hurriedly in the car! 🚗 😆 ... and it happens to be a blue one!)
Duhon said on 14/Sep/17
Editor Rob: I remember somebody on here made a mention about another player who was almost 7ft 4 saying samson was nearer 7ft 1 than 4!

I'm not sure Ralph ever measured 7ft 4 in sneakers, unless it was early in the day.


It was Mark Eaton who was a legit 7'3"+.
Matthew Robinson said on 14/Sep/17
Yes Rob, that player was Mark Eaton. He claimed he was 7'3.75" barefoot and estimated that Sampson was about 7'1".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Sep/17
Rob, is it possible he was near 7ft4 out of bed?


These dudes tend to fluctuate dramatically throughout the day...
Editor Rob: I think he could have got it in shoes early in the day.
Brah said on 13/Sep/17
Rob, 7'4" listed Mark Eaton is the player Rob. At 1:07, he says that Ralph Sampson is "in the neighborhood of 7'1". This quote might be worth adding to this page.

Here is the link: Click Here
Editor Rob: actually maybe Eaton should be worth a page as he put some of the other claims out there to shame... thanks for reminding us of what he claimed!
Jordan87 said on 13/Sep/17
7'4"? Man I love people. Even Men over 7'0 show their Insecurity when it comes to height.
Nik said on 13/Sep/17
@ Sandy Cowell - Hi'

I think that 7'4" is too high for him but 7'1" is about right! He is a tall dude either way!
No this gentleman doesn't look very old,
Guanzo said on 13/Sep/17
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184guy said on 13/Sep/17
Óbvious not 7'4
He looked a lot shorter than Yao like 4 - 5 inches
Sandy Cowell said on 13/Sep/17
Oh nice! Another Ralph to add to the collection!
This one sure doesn't look older enough to be past his peak height!
He can have 7ft1 from me!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Sep/17
God...even seven footers can't resist the urge to embellish their height!
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 13/Sep/17
Looks a smidge shorter than Mutombo but barely much difference Click Here
grizz said on 13/Sep/17
Handsome little guy
Arch Stanton said on 13/Sep/17
Has a Jaws look about him here with this wife Click Here
Standing tall with Walton there Click Here Definitely no less than 7'2 peak.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Sep/17
Thanks Rob. Yes it's difficult to see him over 7 ft 1 today with Walton and Kareem, but I think peak 7'2.5 is possible and maybe they rounded him up to 7'4 in basketball sneakers. But then he could have measured near 7'4 in sneakers morning measurement and his low more like 7'2 flat. I htink that might have been what happened so 7'2 flat seems reasonable. Funny in the above photo he has the look of a 6'5-6'6 guy!
Editor Rob: I remember somebody on here made a mention about another player who was almost 7ft 4 saying samson was nearer 7ft 1 than 4!

I'm not sure Ralph ever measured 7ft 4 in sneakers, unless it was early in the day.

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