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  Ernie Quigley

  • Charter Inductee KSHOF 1961
  • 4-sport star at KU before beginning a 40 year officiating career
  • Served as the Athletic Director of KU from 1944-1950
  • Became a member of the Naismith Basketball HOF as a referee in 1961
    Quigley, Ernie
    Inducted 1961

    Born: March 22, 1879 - New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada

    Died: December 10,1960 - Lawrence, Kansas

    Graduated: Concordia (KS) H.S., 1900; University of Kansas, 1904


    To most fans, Ernest C. Quigley was best known as a referee and official, but he also was an outstanding athlete, coach and administrator.

    Early Life

    An outstanding four-sport star at KU, Quigley went on to coach football at Central Missouri State University and St. Mary’s Kansas from 1903-1912. He turned to officiating football and baseball in his spare time, and became a National League umpire in 1913. It would be the start of a long and distinguished career that lasted 40 years.

    Officiating Highlights

    Quigley once estimated he officiated 400 football games, nearly 5,400 major league baseball games, and 1,500 basketball contests. He worked three Rose Bowl games and six World Series including the infamous 1919 Black Sox Series. He refereed several NCAA tournaments and the 1936 U.S. Olympic basketball qualifying tournament. On the basketball court, Quigley gained worldwide fame because of his unique method of calling violations. He would point and shout, “You can’t do that” instead of using his whistle.

    Post-Officiating Career

    Quigley traveled over 100,000 miles a year as an official before retiring to serve as athletic director at the University of Kansas from 1944-1950. Also well-known for his radio sports show, he was the man who announced the pairings for the Kansas state highs school basketball tournaments for many years.


    Quigley was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a referee in 1961.