1920 – Melbourne goes back to back, Rodgerson brothers the heroes

Melbourne had to defeat Carlton twice to take the 1920 pennant after Carlton had won the minor premiership, they won the grand final 2-1 and the challenge final 12-6 with Melbourne's experience and coolness under pressure pulling them through. Considering the greasy and heavy conditions of the ground, the game was a fine exhibition.


From the Argus, 6th September 1920:




Carlton were defeated by Melbourne on Saturday on the St. Kilda Cricket-ground by two runs to one, in a full game occupying one hour. It was a well contested game, with the batteries holding the ascendency - Taylor and Brierly for Melbourne, and A. Malcolm and W. Bowes for Carlton being in splendid form. Melbourne's coolness pulled them through, the veteran Creighton being of inestimable value at right-field, though Ransford's work at short stop was also of high order. Stokes, Vaughan and the Rodgerson brothers were also in form. Carlton's best were De Gruchy, L. Bowes, Hastings, and Sinclair, while Kabat was on the bases more frequently than his club mates.

Carlton, as minor premiers, have the right of challenge, and will meet Melbourne next Saturday on the St. Kilda ground for the final game.


From the Argus, 17th September 1920:


The A grade premiership of the Victorian Baseball Union was decided on the Melbourne Cricket ground yesterday afternoon, when Carlton were defeated by Melbourne by 12 runs to 6. Considering the greasy and heavy conditions of the ground, the game was a fine exhibition. In Melbourne's eighth innings, however, Carlton "cracked up" badly, the two errors in the innings, particularly the second baseman's, costing the game.

The better team, on the day at all events, won. Melbourne's batting particularly being a feature of the game, this being clearly evidenced by their scoring four hits and 5 runs in the eighth innings. Melbourne, though the more experienced side, showed lack of judgment in attempting to steal in the early stages, no fewer than four of the first nine were disposed of being put out at second in the attempt to falter. From then on they waited for the hits and played safely. The Carlton team, though much younger, are to be congratulated on the splendid games they have played. With the season's experience they will be a formidable side later.

The Rodgerson brothers (particularly Stanley) were the batting heroes for Melbourne, while Ransford followed them closely, his work in the field also being excellent. The winners' battery (Taylor and Brierley) also worked well together, and Stokes and Vaughan were useful players.

Sinclair led the Carlton batting, which was decidedly weak - a tribute to the excellence of the pitching. W. Bowes, De Gruchy, and A. and T. Malcolm were Carlton's best. Messrs. Mitchell and Juliff umpired.



Melbourne  --  1, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 2, 5, 0 ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  12

Carlton        --  0, 0, 1, 4, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0 ..  ..  ..  ..  ..   6