Matthew P. Kennedy
A native of Hoboken, New Jersey, Kennedy officiated over 4,000 games from the 1928 to 1957. He worked for the NBA, NCAA, and Harlem Globetrotters and became well known for his intense, theatrical style of calling plays. He also coached the Harlem Globetrotters. Kennedy was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959, becoming the first referee to earn such honors.