1943 – Demons come from behind in the ninth over Saints

In 1943, the championship final was a very exciting match, the club defeated St Kilda by 2 runs after losing the knockout semi-final to St Kilda 8-1. The championship was to be decided between the knockout winners (St. Kilda) and the pennant premiers (Melbourne). A big factor in the success was the strong batting of George Meikle and Lyn Straw and the pitching of Ross Straw, backed up by the catching of Stan Quin who all developed into outstanding players for the Section.

 

From the Argus, 16th September 1943:

With a splendid finish, Melbourne defeated St. Kilda, 2-1, to win the Victorian Baseball championship on Saturday. Melbourne, leaders in the home and home series, defeated St Kilda, winners of the knock-out series, for the championship of Victoria. St. Kilda secured their only run in the first innings, Melbourne made the winning run in the ninth, when Lyn Straw, after a clean three-bagger to centre field, was brought home by brother Ross, with a nice placement to left field. Straw brothers and Jost were best for Melbourne, with Bush, Lynott and Arthur for St. Kilda.

 

Scores:

Melbourne -- 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1  -- 2

St. Kilda      -- 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0  -- 1