William J. Harvey '28 (Basketball, Football)

Inducted 1977

Bill Harvey helped form the nucleus on one of the finest basketball teams in Catholic University history. From 1925-28, the talented “Reindeer” went a combined 38-17 (.691). Harvey’s teammates included fellow 1977 CUA Hall of Fame inductees John Long, James Carney and Ray Foley.

The Cardinals began the 1926-27 season 6-1 when an 11-0 Fordham team arrived in Brookland. The Rams, one of the nation’s top teams, were riding a 15-game winning streak. Behind Harvey’s game-high 13 points, CUA handed the powerful New Yorkers a 31-23 defeat. The Rams finished 19-2. The Cards also ended American’s 11-game win streak and handed CCNY its only home loss of the season, 13-12.

Right after the Fordham victory, Harvey tallied a game-high 14 points in a 46-34 win over Stevens Institute. The forward concluded the season as the team’s third-leading scorer (151 points). The next year, in a 57-38 victory over Washington and Lee, he led CUA with 19 points. He and Long tallied 16 points apiece in a 42-28 defeat of Gallaudet. Once again Harvey was the third-highest scorer with 184 points.

Harvey was also a star football player. As a junior in 1926, he threw a 20-yard touchdown pass in a 19-7 win over St. John’s at Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Ebbets Field and rushed for a score. He caught a 40-yard TD from Foley in a 20-7 loss to the Quantico (Va.) Marines and, in a 14-6 setback at Holy Cross, threw a scoring strike to Foley. In a 53-0 whitewash of Blue Ridge College, Harvey scored a rushing TD and had an interception.

Harvey that same year helped the Cardinals rally from a 9-0 deficit to down crosstown rival George Washington, 17-9, on Thanksgiving Day. First he hauled in a 40-yarder from Foley to set up the Cards’ first score. He also had a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter and caught a TD pass.

In the first college football night game in the East, Sept. 24, 1927, Harvey scored a 4-yard TD in a 12-0 victory at William & Mary. CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, named Harvey (left halfback) to its 1927 All-District team. Long (end) and Foley (quarterback) were likewise honored.

Chris McManes
May 2012