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Name:

Healy, Gerald Edward James
Date of Birth:26 March 1885 (d 12 July 1946)
Career:1903/04 - 1928/29
Teams:East Melbourne, Prahran
Matches:201
Batting Style:RHB 
  

 

Prahran's premier batsman, Healy won the Prahran batting average a record 13 times. In a

magnificent career stretching from 1906-29, Healy made 7527 runs at 45.89 to be the highest

run-scorer in history at the time. He, like Stan Stephens, played in five premiership teams, was

a member of the Victory Cup sides, and was skipper in the 1910-11 triumph. A correct right-

hand opener, Healy was devoted to cricket. Quiet and the supreme gentleman, he loved Prahran

and with Sam Loxton, was one of their most talented sons. According to contemporary

Heiney Schrader, Healy was also a brilliant cover and out fieldsman, one of the best of his day.

Healy's father JJ Healy played for Victoria in 1880-81 and was one of East Melbourne's most

consistent players. He later became secretary of the VCA from 1911-16. Young Gerald was an

even better player, and many thought he would have represented his State on more than just

six occasions. For Victoria he made 301 runs at 30.10 with a brilliant double century (218) out

of 660 against Tasmania in Melbourne in a four-dayer in early 1910. He twice hit more than 600

runs in the season for Prahran - in 1914-15 (607) and 1922-23 (662). He hit 21 100s in all Prahran

games - 9 more than his nearest competitor, and is one of only four men to make 200 for the club.

On his transfer to Adelaide on business, Healy received a gold pen and pencil set and a framed record

of his performances with the club. Returning after a brief time, he coached a group of Victorian schoolboys

at Malvern in 1933-34. He died in Armadale on July 12, 1946, aged 61.

From "Prahran CC Centenary History" by Ken Piesse