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)
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!

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! πŸ‘
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! πŸš— πŸ˜† ... 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
Γ“bvious 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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