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I had the pleasure of meeting and befriending Ken Hudson twice during my professional career. It saddens me to lose a legend like this gentleman, and smile and remember knowing him, and how lucky I was to know him and speak with him. Thank you.
From USAToday Writer Roscoe Nance
Ken Hudson always thought he’d be a major league baseball player. But instead of becoming a slick-fielding second baseman, Hudson became a pioneering referee in the NBA as one of the league’s first two black game officials.
“I said then, ‘If this works out, a lot of people will get an opportunity,’ ” says Hudson, 63, who officiated in the NBA from 1968-72. “History has proved me right. That’s what makes me happy.”