Eugene “Doc” Harvey will be encountering plenty of familiar faces on Saturday at the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. If an athlete played for Grambling in the last 50 years, chances are that athlete ended up on Harvey’s training table.
Harvey was a trainer and physical therapist at Grambling for “34 or 35 years,” starting in the late 1950s, and continued to work part time as a coordinator of sports medicine until last year.
“If they played at Grambling, I probably worked on them,” Harvey said.
Harvey is one of 15 inductees that make up the Hall’s second class. The induction ceremony will be held at the Monroe Civic Center on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Harvey grew up in Berwick and attended high school in Morgan City. Before his senior year he joined the Navy, where he completed his high school education and served for 2 ½ years. He then attended Indiana University. His first job out of college was as a trainer for the Brooklyn (and later Los Angeles) Dodgers organization in the early ’50s.
“I went in under (Dodgers manager and executive) Branch Rickey,” Harvey said. “I was just a little fresh person coming into the league who was interested in the field of training.”
He interacted with several hall-of-fame players, including Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider.
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