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Ernest Quigley







Year Inducted


Sport Ambassador

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Ernest Quigley (D)



Ernest Quigley (1880-1960) of Miramichi had a career spanning over 50 years that included coaching, umpiring and refereeing.His love of sports inspired him to leave a lasting legacy in many disciplines such as baseball, basketball and football. It is estimated that he presided over 15,000 games throughout his career. While other referees blew the whistle, he was well-known for using his high-pitched voice to control the game. His undeniable passion for sport has resulted in his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas University Sports Wall of Fame, State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Enrolled into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame May 27, 2017

Quick Facts

  • Refereed the very first Olympic basketball game ever played at the 1936 Games in Berlin, Germany 

  • A star athlete at the University of Kansas and played under the legendary James Naismith. 

  • Coached, umpired, and officiated an estimated 15,000 games in the NCAA. 

  • Umpired in the National Baseball League from 1913 to 1945, including six World Series. 

  • Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961 

  • Inducted into the Miramichi Sports Wall of Fame in 2014

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