|Full name||Roy Mark Harvey|
20 April 1906|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||12 December 1965
Clayfield, Queensland, Australia
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium pace|
|Role||Batsman, part-time bowler and wicket keeper|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricket Archive, 23 August 2009
Roy Mark Levy (20 April 1906 – 12 December 1965) is a former Australian cricketer and baseballer who represented the Australian baseball team in 1936. He also played for the Queensland Sheffield Shield team for seven years, captaining them 11 times in his 25 appearances.
Levy was a prolific left-handed batter who was a right-handed medium pace bowler and right-handed pitcher who also played shortstop. He played with the Waverley cricket and baseball clubs under coach, and ex-international player Alan Kippax. Roy assisted Waverley to dominate the Sydney Baseball Premiership winning the competition from 1924 through to 1928 and represented New South Wales through these years. Through his success in baseball he became the first player to be offered a scholarship to play and study in the US. Although he declined this offer so he could continue his studies on insurance in Australia.
In 1928, Levy's insurance company moved him to an office in Brisbane where he went to play his sport with Valley. He dominated the competition as a pitcher and the following year he played with Eastern Suburbs alongside Gunnah Mollah where they dominated the competition until Mollah switched to Valley in 1930 as to even up the competition. During his time playing baseball in Queensland, he got selected in the Queensland cricket team in 1929 and made his debut against Victoria scoring 129 and playing as a wicket-keeper.
In 1932, Levy along with Roger Hartigan, persuaded Jack Hutcheon, president of Queensland Cricket, to call a meeting at Brisbane YMCA Hall for men interested in playing baseball and produced great interest among cricketers in the winter off-season. Roy was instrumental in the resurgence of baseball both in this era and after World War II and is etched everywhere in Queensland's baseball history around this time. He was president of the organisation from 1936–1938 and was a player coach of the state team from 1933–1938 and again in 1954. Roy continued to have success over the next seven years of state cricket, including matches against a touring Marylebone Cricket Club averaging over 40 and was seriously considered for Australian selection, but was refused to travel inter-state with the Queensland team by his insurance company, effectively preventing him from participating in the 1939 Claxton Shield, the first Queensland participated in.
After retiring from professional cricket, he went on to coach Queensland in interstate games as well as a friendly series against the Tokyo Giants in 1954.
- Levy Roy Mark — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search
- Harris, J.O (2009). Queensland Baseball 1905-1990. pp. 18–42
- Cricket Archive - Roy Levy