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 Ken Hudson

Ken Hudson

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 May 2012 (aged 72)
Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 89982258 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Basketball Figure. He was among the earliest of African Americans to break through the racial barrier as a referee in the National Basketball Association. While attending Central State University (Ohio) on a baseball scholarship, Hudson initiated his career as an official first at the high school and later at the collegiate ranks. It was Boston Celtics' legends Red Auerbach and Bill Russell who noticed Hudson while watching a college basketball game. Impressed by his style, they referred him to the NBA league office and in 1968, he was refereeing NBA games and making history as one of the first African Americans to officiate in the league. He held that capacity until 1972 and moved onto various positions with the Coca-Cola corporation and served as an official observer with the NBA. In addition, he served as a motivational speaker in the Atlanta area. Hudson was acknowledged by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport as the recipient of the The Mannie Jackson's Basketball Human Spirit Award in 2009.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 11 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89982258
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ken Hudson (24 Sep 1939–9 May 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89982258, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Unknown.