1946 – Demons surprise Pies

The 1946 season saw Collingwood finish on top as minor premiers, and they were hot favourites to win the pennant with formidable pitching and defence, only 19 runs were scored against them during the regular season. Collingwood breezed through the semi-final over St. Kilda winning 7-1 and were to face Melbourne to decide the pennant.

Melbourne had defeated North Melbourne 7-4 in the semi-final but surprised Collingwood in the preliminary final, defeating them with sound teamwork and fewer errors winning 3-2 with Ken Donald’s pitching holding off a late challenge.

The grand final at Olympic Park was an even better result with Ken Donald pitching at his best, holding Collingwood to two hits without scoring and they never looked dangerous. Melbourne had overwhelmed Collingwood with a 6-0 victory and back to back flags.

 

From the Argus, 9th September 1946:

BASEBALL SURPRISE:

MELBOURNE WIN

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With sounder teamwork and fewer errors, Melbourne were far too strong for Collingwood, pennant baseball favourite, on Saturday in the preliminary final at Olympic Park. They took the lead in the fifth, and with Donald pitching capably, staved off Collingwood’s finishing effort. Collingwood have the right of challenge, and both teams will play off in the grand final.

A Section: Melbourne 3, d Collingwood 2, challenge

 

From the Argus, 13th September 1946:

Collingwood Expect Baseball Win

Though defeated last week, Collingwood should reverse that decision when they meet Melbourne in the baseball grand final at Olympic Park tomorrow. Errors in the field cost them the game on Saturday, when Melbourne gained a winning lead in the fifth innings. Collingwood, however, are not likely to repeat these mistakes. Higgins and Donald pitched soundly, but the batters lacked their usual aggressiveness, and here, too, an improvement is expected. With a win behind them, Melbourne will put up a great fight, and are sure to worry their opponents.

 

From the Argus, 9th September 1946:

BASEBALL SURPRISE:

MELBOURNE WIN

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Melbourne overwhelmed Collingwood at Olympic Park on Saturday to win their second successive baseball pennant. With Ken Donald pitching at his top, Collingwood, held to two safe hits without scoring, never looked dangerous. Scores: A Section: Melbourne 6, d Collingwood 0.

Wally Anderson (South Melbourne) rounded off a successful season by winning with 19 votes the E.H. King trophy for the best baseballer for 1946. R. Straw (Melb) and G. Tippett (NM) were runners-up, each with 17 votes.