Francis W. "Pop" Hagerty
b. 1913 - d. 4/12/1987
Born in Sequim, WA, Hagerty lettered in basketball and
football where Teammates pinned the nickname "Pop" on him
because he was captain and organizer of the team's trips.
In 1930, the town football teams of Port Angeles and Port
Townsend were looking for a knowledgeable, impartial referee
for their annual Thanksgiving Day game. They selected
a Sequim High School junior named "Pop" and a legend was
For 44 years - dating from that town-team football game
in 1930 until he hung up his striped shirt in 1974, saying
he had "lost half a step" - Hagerty was
seldom without a whistle in his mouth as one of the most
sought after officials, well respected for his fair calls of
semi pro games when only 3 officials were used per game.
Even while he was lettering at St. Martin's College, the
University of Oregon and the University of Washington, he
continued to be in demand as a referee during which time he
officiated high school, college, semi-professional and
professional level games. He later served as President
of the Pacific Coast Conference of Basketball Officials
Association and made a tour with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Hagerty became so well known that when his name was
announced as referee, he sometimes received a standing
During all the years he officiated, Hagerty held down
full time jobs. Advertising and sales promotions for
Pacific Gamble Robinson, merchandising manager for KOMO
Radio and TV from 1958-1983 to name a few.
At one of several retirement parties for Hagerty when he
quit refereeing, Joe Kearney, former University of
Washington athletic director, said: "A lot of people
have disagreed with your calls, Pop. But nobody ever
disagreed with the quality of the man."
He was past president of the Pacific Northwest Athletic
Roundtable, member of Bear Creek Country Club, the
Washington Athletic Club, Seattle Lodge No. 92 BPOE, and
Tacoma-Pierce County Old-Timers' Baseball-Softball
The Washington Officials Association inducted Pop into
it's inaugural Hall of Fame class of 2003 during a ceremony
at the SeaTac Marriott.
Hagerty's Sports Bar on 6th Street in Downtown Seattle
contains memorabilia from Seattle's sports history and is a
popular place during football season.
A special thank you to the Washington Athletic Club
and Darrick Meneken for providing the photograph of