Quigley didn't let being short hinder him in becoming an outstanding umpire for 26
years in the NL. After he retired as an active umpire, he became supervisor of NL
umps. In one of his first acts, he had to decide between two candidates for a vacant
umpiring slot. One aspirant was a bulky football type who had a good deal of support
among Quigley's contemporaries. Instead, Quigley chose the other nominee, a small
man like himself. The candidate was Jocko Conlan, who went on to a Hall of Fame career.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 29, 1915: Federal League star Benny Kauff jumps from the Brookfeds to the New York Giants. When Boston refuses to play if Kauff is in the Giants' lineup, ump Ernie Quigley forfeits the game to New York. The two teams agree to play an exhibition game. The other ump, Mal Eason, telephones NL president John Tener, who declares Kauff ineligible until reinstated and orders Eason to forfeit the game to Boston. Meanwhile, the Braves win the exhibition game, 13–8. The next day Tener rules this to be an official game, and both forfeits are canceled. Kauff goes back to Brooklyn where he leads the FL at .342, and John McGraw has to wait until next year to sign him.