Inductee Profile

Harvey Ankley

2018

Harvey graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1960. He was a multiple letter-winner in three sports for the Warriors; 4 in baseball, 3 in football and 2 in wrestling. Harvey began playing baseball on the family farm and for the Brill Millers and then for the Rice Lake American Legion Baseball Team under the guidance of area baseball scout, W.C. “Stick” Olson. Harvey became one of the finest catchers in Rice Lake High School baseball, and was part of one of the best pitcher-catcher duos for the Warriors from 1956 through 1959 with Terry Olson. A tough competitor who batted left and threw right, Ankley stood 5’ 10” and weighed 185 pounds. While as a player for the American Legion team, he was chosen four consecutive years to represent Northern Wisconsin in the Hearst All-Star Silver Sluggers program, and as a senior in 1960 was honored as a catcher in the 18 year old All-Star game at Milwaukee County Stadium which was held before the Braves and Chicago Cubs game. Harvey went on to catch for the UW-River Falls baseball team in 1962, 63 and 64. In 1964, Harvey’s junior year, the Falcons won the Conference Championship and were 8th in the Final NCAA Division III rankings. He was recognized as Honorable Mention on the All American baseball team. That summer he caught for the Minneapolis Millers Amateur Baseball Team for college players and former major leaguers. In 1965 a car accident prevented Harvey from continuing to play sports during his senior year at UW-River Falls. In football, Harvey was co-captain for the 1959 undefeated (8-0) Warrior football team that allowed only 19 points and was ranked #8 in the final one-class state rankings. He played on both sides of the line as offensive guard, defensive tackle and line-backer, and was All-Ho’N and All-Northwest. At UW-River Falls he was a 2 year starter, in 1963 and 64. In wrestling at RLHS he lettered in the 185# class when the wrestling program began in 1957-58. Harvey graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Agriculture in 1966. He then briefly worked in Germany for 3M before moving to California where he started his own securities and insurance business. Harvey and his wife Janet and their 3 daughters and families all live in Roseville, CA.

Harvey Ankley