Ernest C. Quigley

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 his colorful refereeing style. Athletically gifted, Quigley was a star athlete at the University of Kansas, playing under the legendary James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. During his 40-year career, Quigley officiated ten consecutive AAU national tournaments and logged more than 100,000 miles a year. Quigley served as the supervisor of NCAA Tournament officials from 1940 to 1942. In 1944, Quigley moved off the courts to become director of athletics at Kansas. Also a gifted baseball umpire, Quigley umpired in the National League from 1913 to 1945, including six World Series. Also a member of the NCAA Football Rules Committee from 1946 to 1954.