J. Dallas Shirley

Enshrined 1980
Washington, DC
June 7, 1913 - March 1, 1994


Known worldwide as an authority on basketball rules, J. Dallas Shirley ranks among the most popular officials of all time. An outgoing personality with a staunch work ethic, Shirley traveled the world recruiting, training, and improving officials. Shirley's 33-year career boasts more than 2,000 games and numerous clinics, as well as articles on the game. A member of the Southern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and Mason Dixon Conference officiating staffs, Shirley's officiating legacy spanned numerous NIT and NCAA tournament games, as well as the international circuit. He was a member of the BAA's first officiating crew in 1946, and president of every major officiating organization.

Career Highlights

Officiated Olympic Games, 1960
Chief official, Pan American Games, 1959
Chairman, U.S. Olympic Basketball Officials Committee, 1976
Conducted clinics in the U.S. and thirteen foreign countries