PLAYER PROFILE

NICK HARVEY

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Alexander “NIck” Harvey was signed to his first pro contract at the age of 19 by Bill Downey, the longtime coach of his hometown Paterson Crescents. Small, not particularly fast and a weak shooter, Harvey floundered at first in the pro game. He could not break into the tightly-knit Paterson lineup that had been together for nearly a decade. Released during his rookie season, Harvey rejoined the Crescents the next year and gradually over the next five seasons emerged as the team’s most valuable and popular player. Harvey was never a great shooter, but as he grew more confident, he matured into one of the most daring and tenacious players of the era. By the late teens, he was considered one of the best guards in professional basketball and widely admired for his leadership and tactical skills. In the years immediately after World War I, Harvey enjoyed his greatest successes. In the 1919-20 season, he helped Scranton finish first in the first-half of the Pennsylvania State League and followed up the next season by leading the team to the PSL championship. In 1922-23, he simultaneously captained Paterson to the Metropolitan League championship and Kingston to the New York State League title. In the fall of 1927, Harvey was hired as player-coach of the American Basketball League Rochester Centrals, but was fired late in the season. Harvey completed his seveenteth and final professional season back with his hometown Crescents. It was a fitting conclusion to the career of one of the hardest-working and widely respected players of the teens and twenties.

 

NICK HARVEY Height: 5:05 Weight: 145 College: None
Alexander Turner Harvey Born: Feb 6, 1892 Died: Sep 21, 1963 Hometown: Paterson, NJ
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1911-12 Paterson HRL 1 2 0 4 4.0
1911-12 CohoesSchenectady NYSL 17 26 4 56 3.3
1912-13 Paterson Entre Nous Indep
1913-14 Union Hill (NJ) Troys Indep
1913-14 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons Indep
1913-14 Paterson NYSL 50 33 56 122 2.4
1914-15 Paterson NYSL 19 6 9 21 1.1
1915-16 Paterson IBL 34 37 34 108 3.2
1915-16 Norwalk Co. 6 Indep 11 19 5 43 3.9
1915-16 Danbury Wooster AC Indep 5 6 0 12 2.4
1915-16 Bridgeport Blue Ribbons Indep 1 0 0 0 0.0
1916-17 Paterson IBL 18 22 25 69 3.8
1917-18 DanburyNorwalkAnsonia CSL 16 32 1 65 4.1
1917-18 ProvidenceScranton PSL 36 39 41 20 119 3.3
1918-19 Military Service
1918-19 Paterson Kleen Maids Indep 22 57 43 157 7.1
1919-20 Scranton PSL 42 46 13 25 105 2.5
1919-20 Paterson IBL 8 21 7 49 6.1
1919-20 Paterson Kleen Maids Indep 5 8 6 22 4.4
1920-21 Scranton PSL 40 48 35 38 131 3.3
1920-21 Reading EBL 10 12 11 25 .440 6 35 3.5
1920-21 Stamford IBL 3 6 1 13 4.3
1920-21 Bruggy All-Stars Indep
1921-22 Scranton EBL 22 17 19 50 .380 16 53 2.4
1921-22 Brooklyn Pros MBL 20 31 30 92 4.6
1921-22 Kingston NYSL 11 10 7 27 2.5
1922-23 Kingston NYSL 33 37 39 113 3.4
1922-23 ElizabethPaterson MBL 34 69 50 188 5.5
1923-24 Paterson MBL 31 32 39 103 3.3
1923-24 SchenectadyCohoes NYSL 6 8 13 29 4.8
1924-25 PatersonKingston MBL 33 35 63 133 4.0
1924-25 Tamaqua-Hazelton AnBL 3 3 5 11 3.7
1925-26 Perth AmboyPassiac MBL 24 20 50 90 3.8
1926-27 Paterson*Kingston NLN 13 9 26 44 3.4
1926-27 Paterson MBL 12 18 19 55 4.6
1926-27 Baltimore ABL 2 3 0 6 3.0
1927-28 RochesterFort Wayne ABL 32 21 14 56 1.8
1928-29 Paterson ABL 28 32 12 76 2.7
Major League Totals 600 680 624 1984 3.3
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1915-16 Paterson IBL 5 2 3 7 1.4
1915-16 Paterson WS 4 3 3 9 2.3
1916-17 Paterson IBL 1 1 0 2 2.0
1919-20 Scranton PSL 4 3 5 11 2.8
1920-21 Scranton PSL 2 2 3 7 3.5
1920-21 Reading EBL 2 0 3 3 1.5
1920-21 Scranton WS 5 9 8 26 5.2
1922-23 Paterson MBL 3 8 6 22 7.3
1924-25 Kingston MBL 2 0 4 4 2.0
1926-27 Paterson MBL 3 1 3 5 1.7
1927-28 Fort Wayne ABL 5 1 0 2 0.4
Major League Totals 36 30 38 98 2.7
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