Richmond Mourns Death Of Local Dentist And Football Standout Fred Ballou


Freddie Ballou, a long time dentist, in Richmond has passed away this morning according to a Facebook post from John Lovell a local historian. Ballou was 76 years old. Aside from being a successful dentist he was an outstanding football player in the 1960s.

Freddie played for Madison-Model from 1959-1961. Model and Madison High combined to make a football team and was coached by a then upcoming football coach by the name of Roy Kidd. Coach Kidd had Ballou at running back even though he was only 5’5 and weighed a generous 150 pounds. Kidd would give his tailback the nickname “Fearless Fred” as he would run with no fear.

In three seasons as a Royal Purple, Ballou rushed for over 5000 yards and scored 50 touchdowns. He would be named All State and All Conference multiple times as well as an All American his senior season of 1961. In 1961 Freddie would be injured late in the season in a game versus Lafayette and suffer broken ribs but the Purples would advance to the State Championship where they would fall 12-0 to Highlands. Ballou would play one more game when he appeared in the East West All Star Game and he would sign to play for the Colonels but after consideration he decided to enroll as a student and earn his degree instead of playing football.

Ballou scored 310 points for Madison High which was the team record when the school closed in 1989. His teams at Madison-Model would go 34-4 with 27 consecutive wins and an amazing 10 straight shutouts.

He was enshrined in the Kentucky High School Football Hall Of Fame in 2016.