1911 – Ransford guns down Lansdown at the plate

Melbourne won its fifth pennant in a row in 1911 and would go onto win 7 on the trot, the streak finally broken by Fitzroy in 1914 who went on to be a very strong force in the early 1920's. The description of the final game is an interesting read, a pitcher dominated contest - great defence by Melbourne, heads up base running by Ballantyne to steal home and some great names in the team that become long time servants of the club. The final was a classic game that had everything.

 

From the Argus, September 11th 1911:

"The baseball season, concluded on Saturday, was the most satisfactory the Victorian Baseball League has played. The clubs were evenly matched, and the games were always attractive. It has been a good season for MCC who won both the "A" and "B" grade premierships. In "C" grade Brunswick gain the honours."

"The final match for the premiership was played on Saturday, at Fitzroy between M.C.C and Fitzroy, the former team winning by 2 runs to 1 after a splendid contest, which, on the whole, was well umpired by Messrs. Soloman and Anderson. This is the fifth successive year in which MCC have been the A grade premiers. It was the best final seen for some years, the game throughout being full of incident and perfect play, and was only won in the ninth innings by a splendid double play, in which Ransford, from right field, with a fine pick-up and throw, retired Woodforde at first base, and Lansdown being shut off at the home plate on Henty's throw to Taylor. Lansdown might have saved his side had he attempted to slide. MCC obtained 7 base hits as against Fitzroy's 2. For the winners Ingleton and Ballantyne were the best batters, securing 2 base hits and 1 run each. Special mention must be made of Johnston's wonderful left-hand catch (including three other "flies"). Ransford, Ballantyne, and Vaughan were good outfielders. Henty (9 put-outs), Ingleton, Johnston, and Felstead completed a strong infield, and Scott (pitcher) and Taylor (catcher) made an effective battery."

"Webb (5 flies), Wilson, and Phillips were the outfield for Fitzroy, and, with Woodforde (11 put-outs), Delves, Kiernan, and Debman (who should have put out Ballantyne at third, and thereby preventing a run from being scored), made up a good fielding side. Cant (who with more experience would not have permitted Ballantyne to have stolen home) and Lansdown were the Fitzroy battery."

 

The following were the scores:-

MCC  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0  --  2

Fitzroy  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0  --  1

 

The following table shows the positions in which the A Grade teams finished:

Team.

Played.

Won.

Lost.

Drawn.

Possible Points.

Points.

Percentage.

Melbourne

18

14

3

1

36

29

.806

Fitzroy

18

12

4

2

36

26

.722

“The Argus”

17

10

6

1

34

21

.617

St. Kilda

16

8

5

3

32

19

.594

East Melbourne

16

8

8

..

32

16

.500

Carlton

17

7

9

1

34

15

.441

Richmond

17

6

10

1

34

13

.382

Collingwood

16

5

10

1

32

11

.347

Williamstown

17

4

11

2

34

10

.294

South Melbourne

16

3

11

2

32

8

.250