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Ed Harvey

Baseball ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Not many contemporary Beaver Countians remember when minor league baseball teams were located in Beaver Falls in the 1940s, but there really were professional baseball teams here and Ed Harvey was a leader in brining minor league ball to the county. Harvey started in baseball in 1915 with the Beaver Falls Independents and the Beaver Falls Athletics, two outstanding semipro teams that played on the old Junction Park field. Then he was active with the famous Beaver Falls Elks teams that won national titles in the Elks League in 1920 and 1921. Championship games in those days were played at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, and the Polo Grounds in New York. As a promoter, Ed brought major league teams like the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates to Beaver Falls for exhibitions. Games with the famous Homestead Grays were played before sellout crowds. The same Elks teams played at Idora Park in Youngstown under the name of Youngstown General Tire and twice defeated the Philadelphia Phillies. The Elks played in the old Ohio-Pennsylvania League, which was considered one of the top semipro circuits in the nation. Ed  managed the Jeannette farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Middle Atlantic League for one season in the 1930s but the Great Depression ended that venture. During the 1940s he helped establish the Penn State Professional League in Beaver Falls with teams sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Bees, Washington Senators, and St Louis Browns. They played under the lights on the old Beaver Falls High School Field. After a lifetime devoted to baseball as a player, manager, and promoter, Ed died in 1969 at age 87.