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Ernest C. Quigley

Enshrined 1961
New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada
March 22, 1880 - December 10, 1960

Biography

While other referees blew the whistle, Ernest Quigley used his high-pitched voice to control the game. One of the most respected referees of his era, Quigley was also known for this colorful refereeing style. Athletically gifted, Quigley was a star athlete at the University of Kansas, playing under the legendary James Naismith. During his 40-year career, Quigley officiated more than 15,000 games, ten consecutive AAU tournaments, and logged more than 100,000 miles a year. Ernie served as supervisor of NCAA tournament officials from 1940 to 1942. In 1944, Quigley moved off the courts to become director of athletics at Kansas, his alma mater. Also a gifted baseball umpire, Ernie umped in the National League from 1913 to 1945, including six World Series.

Career Highlights

Supervisor of NCAA tournament officials, 1940-42
Member, NCAA Football Rules Committee, 1946-54
Officiated more than 1,500 games in 40-year career
Served as Major League umpire for 25 years