An area softball legend died last week at the age of 69.
David “Stan” Harvey, a member of the famous Howard’s Furniture softball teams in the 1970s and 1980s, died at his home in Gaston County.
Harvey started playing softball at the age of 14 in his native Tennessee.
At the age of 21, Harvey joined Richard Howard’s Furniture softball team.
Playing a mixture of outfield and first base, Harvey became a part of teams that won five national softball crowns, including 1973, 1974, 1981, 1983 and 1984.
An offensive force, Harvey hit 901 home runs during a five-year period (1973-1977).
During his career, he achieved All-American honors nine times.
In 1996, Harvey earned his greatest career honor — being inducted into the American Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Not only was Harvey successful, but so were many of his relatives.
His son, Bryan, pitched in relief in the Major Leagues for the Angels, Marlins and Braves, earning All-Star accolades in both the American and National leagues.
Kris and Dwayne Harvey, David’s grandsons played at Bandys High before moving on to the Marlins’ and White Sox’ minor league systems, respectively.