By Mary A. Sego
Primary Creator: Austin, Harvey (1935-1988)
Extent: 1.0 Folders. More info below.
After a three-year stint in the Army, Austin attended Purdue University on a track scholarship where he also honed his basketball skills as a three-year starter. Austin's arsenal featured a variety of shots, and he relied on uncustomary quickness to pierce defenses and drive to the hoop. He graduated from Purdue in 1960, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education.
Versatility also marked Austin's coaching career, upon which he embarked at McKinley High in 1963 as basketball, track, and cross-country coach. He wore all three hats at East High and Hutch-Tech as well, and produced impressive career records of 174-108 in basketball (including consecutive Yale Cups in East High in 1973 and 1974), 110-25 in track, and 115-47, with two city titles in cross-country.
Austin is warmly remembered not only for his own athletic achievements, but also for his selfless service to the youth of Buffalo. Austin found his greatest fulfillment as a father figure to the high school athletes he coached. He also worked in various programs for the New York State Divisions of Youth, the Erie County Department of Parks and Recreation and the City of Buffalo. The 2,000 Buffalonians who appeared in person to mourn his passing represent but a fraction of those whose lives were touched by the generosity of Harvey Austin.
Preferred Citation: MSA 47, Harvey Austin collection, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
"Austin's Record Jump Paces 11 Bison Olympic Winners," by Tony Wurzer, Buffalo Evening News, 1950 [no additional publication information available]
Two Yale Cup Records Fall, Austin Scores 46; East Wins, 95-76," by Phil Ranallo, Buffalo Courier-Express, Wednesday, February 14, 1951, p. 16.
"3 1/2-Points-a-Minute Pace Shatters 2 Scoring Marks," by Mike Calandra, circa 1951 [no publication information available]
Emerson Sets Team Mark: Eagles Whip McKinley; 97-51; Austin Bags 37; Seneca Posts Ninth Win," by Phil Ranallo, circa 1951 [no publication information available]
"Austin Goes Up, Comes Down With 6-6 Record: Emerson Credits Neat Pit-Leveling Job; Seneca Retains Title," by Mike Calandra, Buffalo Evening News, Saturday, May 24, 1952, p. 7.
"Austin Hikes High Jump Record to...Emerson Star's Leap Nears National Mark; Seneca Wins," by Phil Ranallo, Buffalo Courier-Express, Saturday, May 24, 1952 [part of title and article cut-off]
"Harvey Triumphs," from the Exponent, circa 1959 [photo with caption]
"Harlem Globetrotter? Harvey Austin, flashy senior guard, craves professional basketball career," from the Exponent, circa 1959
Photo of basketball team playing Northwestern, no publication information is available.
"Boiler Hardwood: Rivets Go For Second Win In Tigers' Opener," Exponent, circa 1957
"Big Ten College Sports Editor's 1958 All-Conference Team," Exponent, circa 1958 [Austin listed on 2nd team]
"Games Separate Teams: Stellar Boilermaker," by Don Robinson, Exponent, circa 1958 [photo of Austin with Willie Merriweather]
"Rivet Cagers Lose Service Of Austin, Eison, Helmuth," Exponent, v. 72, no. 82.
"Merriweather, Austin, Greve, Fehrman...," Exponent, circa 1958 [part of title and article cut-off, shows stats for Purdue versus Wisconsin game]
"Eison hits for 30 as Merriweather scores 22; Jake grabs 18 rebounds," by Sherm Lyon, circa 1958 [no publication information available, stats included]
Harvey Sidelined, Austin injured in accident reported in fair condition," circa 1958 [no publication information available, photo included with article]
"Sports Dohr," by "Bill," circa 1959 [no publication information available, article about the Boilermakers, after Austin's accident]
"Michigan outlasts Boilers, South Dakota falls, 55-44," by Gene Schreiber, Exponent, circa 1958.
"Riveters Victorious: Eison leads Boilers with 26 point total," by Gleiter-Reiman, circa 1958 [no publication information available and part of article cut-off]
"Austin, Boozer Star in 79-73 Battle; Boilers Smash Missouri Saturday," by Gene Schreiber, Exponent, circa 1958 [photo of Harvey Austin with caption, "...star of stars," no other publication information available]
"4 New Coaches at State Teachers," and photo with caption, "Board of Strategy," Harvey Austin featured in photo. Article by Cy Kritzer, no publication information available, circa 1970.
Harvey Austin: A Class Act and All-Time Buffalo Great," by Milt Northrop, The Buffalo News, Saturday, March 19, 1988, p. B1