Lismore baseball and cricket identity Harold Crozier.
Lismore baseball and cricket identity Harold Crozier. contributed

Crozier makes his mark in baseball and cricket

ONE of the most prominent baseballers and cricketers in the Lismore district in the 1960s-80s would have to be Harold Crozier.

Harold made tremendous contributions to both baseball and cricket, on and off the field, during this period.

Harold started his illustrious sporting career in 1946 as a cricketer for the Alstonville Club.

He went as far as he could in country representation cricket achieving representative honours for NSW Country against England at Newcastle in 1966 and against South Africa in Lismore in 1963.

He captained FNC and Lismore representative teams for many years but it was as captain of Easts Cricket Club that he achieved remarkable success.

Under his captaincy Easts won either a minor or major premiership seventeen times over a 20-year period.

He scored around 10,000 runs and hit ten centuries in his career for Easts.

As a baseballer Harold also excelled reaching the pinnacle with his selection in the Australian team in 1959 as a second baseman.

Harold commenced his baseball career at ten years of age suiting up for Brothers.

In his early twenty's he transferred to a new club, The Wanderers, in a bid to strengthen the competition in the early 1960s. He also had stints with Norths and Ballina over his career.

His FNC representative duties were from 1952 through to 1962 as the regular second baseman and did not miss a representative game in that period.

See The Northern Star next Thursday for the second instalment on Harold Crozier.