July 18, 1928
May 6, 2014
1946-47 Troy High School - New York (High School)
1947-48 Troy High School - New York (High School)
1949-50 Siena College - New York (College)
1950-51 Siena College - New York (College)
1951-52 Siena College - New York (College)
1952-53 Saratoga Harlem Yankees (ABL)
Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to John and Queen Harrell, the Harrell family moved to Troy, New York, in 1929. Harrell starred on the baseball diamond and the basketball court in high school, and Harrell was the first black baseball player to be invited to the annual Hearst Sandlot Classic. After graduating high school, Harrell went to Siena on a basketball scholarship. He played both sports there, also, and set a school record for rebounding average in a season that stood for 60 years. After graduating, he received offers to join the Harlem Globetrotters and the Indianapolis Olympians of the NBA. He declined and signed with the Cleveland Indians. He did play some basketball that winter, though, with the Saratoga Yankees of the ABL, which was convenient and close to home.
Billy married Vivian Agana in 1952 and they had five children. They divorced in 1981m and he remarried to Miriam Canty in 1987.
Major League Baseball Stats
Obituary, Siena, May 6, 2014