From BR Bullpen
David William Harvey (Lefty, Wild Bill)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 8 1/2", Weight 176 lb.
Harvey debuted with the Memphis Red Sox, going 1-0 in 1931 and 2-4 in 1932. He made stops with three different teams in 1933 then settled in on the back end of the Pittsburgh Crawfords staff. He was 4-4 for the great Crawfords of 1935, 1-1 in 1936, 1-1 in 1937 and 2-0 in 1938. He remained with the club when it moved to Toledo in 1939.
The veteran left-hander appeared in the 1939-1940 California Winter League, where James Riley credits him with a win over Bob Feller. This is not entirely true - Feller left the game with the score tied at 2 (Harvey had helped his own cause with a triple off the Indians ace) and Lee Stine took the loss in relief. Harvey was 2-1 that winter, his only one in California.
The Clarksdale native was 7-9 with a 4.84 ERA in the 1940 Mexican League, pitching for the Monterrey Industrials and Tampico Lightermen. With Tampico in 1941, he was awful at 2-7, 7.60 with 44 walks to 17 strikeouts in 58 innings. Harvey next moved on to the Baltimore Elite Giants, where he pitched from 1942-1947. He was 3-1 for Baltimore in 1942, 3-7 in 1943 (also hitting .206 as a regular outfielder) and 3-2 in 1944 before seeing limited action in other years.
The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues lists Harvey as going 5-10 for the 1950 Youngstown A's but the 1951 Baseball Guide lists that William Harvey as a right-hander, likely meaning it was a different player. The Biographical Encyclopedia also lists Harvey as spending five winters pitching in the Puerto Rican League.
- The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway
- The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley
- Black Baseball's National Showcase by Larry Lester
- The California Winter League by William McNeil
- The Mexican League: Comprehensive Player Statistics by Pedro Treto Cisneros