Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ernest Cosmos Quigley of Quigley Field at UK

Ernest Cosmos Quigley (born March 22, 1880. Died December 10, 1960.)

Was a Canadian-American sports official who became notable as a basketball referee and as an umpire in the major leagues.

Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick and raised in Concordia, Kansas.

A student of basketball inventor James Naismith at the University of Kansas, after graduating he served as coach, teacher and athletic director at St. Mary's College, KS from 1903-1912.

Quigley officiated more than 1,500 collegiate and Amateur Athletic Union games during his 40 year career and supervised NCAA tournament officials from 1940-1942.

He refereed the basketball finals between the United States and Canada at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961.

Quigley was a National League umpire from 1913 - 1937, overseeing six World Serieses (1916, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1927 and 1935) most notably the 1919 Black Sox series.

On June 1, 1923 he was the home plate umpire for the game in which the New York Giants, visiting the Philadelphia Phillies, became the first 20th century team to score in every inning of a 9-inning game, winning 22-8.

Quigley Field, the University of Kansas' first baseball stadium, was named in his honor.

He was a member of the NCAA's Rules Committee from 1946-1954.

Of his 3,351 games umpired, his 1511 games done behind home plate still ranks him as 10th most in history.

Ernie Cosmos Quigley, just another in the history of umpires in major league baseball.

Kevin Marquez