1894 - The Spalding Trophy

The MCC was undefeated in 1894, scoring 341 runs for the season against 85. In winning the Spalding trophy for the third time, they retained permanent possession of it and it now occupies a prominent place in the MCC Museum.


From the Melbourne Punch 1894 August 23rd:

THROUGH being adjudged the winners of a spirited ten-innings tussle against East Melbourne on Saturday, by 9 runs to 8, the Melbourne baseballers have become the possessors of the ornate Spalding Trophy. Unpardonable errors by Steele and an unfortunate "letting the ball slip through his fingers as he was going to touch a base runner" on the part of Boyle robbed all enthusiasts of the chance of witnessing another “gilt-edged game" ere the trophy was finally lost and won. The ultimate fate of Victorian baseball now resolves itself into a question — Have we a Colonial Donor willing to come “on deck” in the matter of a Baseball Trophy?

Now don't all speak at once; but still, all the same for that, kindly remember what the old Latins were wont to maintain — "Bis dat, qui cito dal" (or to give that a very broad rendering—"He who gives at once, and without any fuss, in a great measure doubles his gift.") So be in time!