James Julius Levey
Levey was a professional athlete in two sports, baseball and football. He played in the NFL in the mid-1930s.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. September 15, 1906 - d. March 14, 1970
An outstanding athlete, Levey dropped out of high school and played baseball for a semi-pro team. To increase his strength, he began working at an iron mill. In 1923, when he was still only a teenager, Jim joined the U.S. Marines. While with the Marines, he played on his post's football, basketball, and baseball teams.
In 1926, Levey played on the All-Marine team that went 10-3-0 against college teams. He re-enlisted in 1927 and began playing professional baseball after signing a contract with the St. Louis Browns in 1929. Jim played professional baseball until 1933.
In 1934, Levey joined the Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers) in the team's second year of existence. That season, Levey appeared in only one game as the Pirates had a record of 2-10-0 and were outscored 51-206.
The following year, Levey had his best season in the NFL when he played in eight games, rushed 42 times for 61 yards, and had seven receptions for 112 yards;-he scored all four career touchdowns that year. The Pirates finished the season with a record of 4-8-0. Levey played one more season in the NFL and the Pirates finished 6-6-0 in 1936. Jim played in 13 career NFL games for Pittsburgh.
Levey played as a halfback, tailback, and defensive back in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1934-1936.
5'10", 163 pounds
In the NFL:
Passes completed: 1
Passes attempted: 4
Passing percentage: 25.0
Passing yards: 4
Rushing yards: 133
Rushing average: 2.4
Rushing touchdowns: 2
Receiving yards: 112
Receiving average: 16.0
Receiving touchdowns: 2
Use links below to navigate through the football section of Jews In Sports.
The Encyclopedia of Football, by Roger Treat (New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1976 -- 14th Edition)
Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, and John Thorn (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)