"I heard a little about a boy by the name of Kuenn
when he was in high school somewhere up in Wisconsin, but I never saw him until
he was at the school ( University of Wisconsin) in Madison. I knew that some
club offered him a D League contract in high school, so I guessed he didn't
look like too much of a prospect. Still you can't take a chance on missing a
boy, and I decided to look him up along with a couple of other boys at
"A lot of people around didn't think too much of
Harvey. They said he didn't charge on a grounder the right way and he lacked
polish, but the minute I saw him I liked his size and disposition and I figured
he'd learn. Harvey was polite and acted with deference toward his elders. And
he made the play in the hole real good, a little rough, but real good, and I've
always said 'the play in the hole proves the shortstop.'
"Against Kalamazoo, in his last game in college,
Harvey had a bad Charley horse, but he made two of the greatest plays I've ever
seen and, in the rain, too.
" John McHale, our minor league director, was there
with me that day. We signed him up for a $55,000 bonus. We had to go high but
John and Spike Briggs in the home office backed me all the way on signing him.
Harvey's going to be around a long time. I've never seen anybody I liked better
at shortstop, and I've seen them all—all the way back to Wagner."