125 Year Anniversary Hall of Fame Team

In 2013, the Melbourne Baseball Club celebrated its 125th year and marked the anniversary with a Gala Dinner attended by nearly 200 current and former Melbourne Baseball Club members and the wider baseball community. A Hall of Fame team was inducted as part of this significant milestone. A well-researched committee, consisting of a range of players and administrators from the past 50 years, selected the squad in two groups:

A “Heritage” team consisting of 6 noteworthy players who represented the club before 1950. While statistical information from this period has been difficult to source, the information compiled points to an extraordinary group of players.

A “Modern Era” squad of 20 players who have played for the club since 1950. Members of this elite group will have played for the club for a minimum of 5 seasons and have been selected as a touring team consisting of the best talent available. The squad has a wonderful cross section of players across all decades and has some of Victorian Baseballs most famous names.

The team was announced and presented at the Gala Dinner, current and former Melbourne Baseball Club members and the wider baseball community attended this great event, which was hosted by media personality and baseball aficionado Ed Wyatt. Ed recounted some amazing records from the past 125 years and he announced each player individually, they were presented with a framed copy of an illustration of the playing contingent drawn by renowned illustrator Paul Harvey. The mounted sketch will hang in the MCC Committee rooms at the MCG.

“It was a wonderful occasion and the culmination of months of hard work by very many committed persons,” Melbourne Baseball Section Vice President David Keyhoe said.

“This was an audacious attempt to provide a memorable event to properly commemorate 125 years,” he said.

“The project was carried out perfectly and the reaction since has been overwhelmingly positive.”

“It was a very special evening.”

Hall of Fame - Heritage Team 1888 - 1949

 

Player

Career Highlights

Walter G. Ingleton

 

Position: 2nd Base

Playing Years: 1892 – 1914

  • Australian Team member 1897, 1908
  • Represented the MCC Baseball Section for over 20 years
  • Captain MCC Baseball Section 1894-1914, winning 11 Pennants
  • Victoria team Captain 1894-1913

Vernon S. Ransford O.B.E.

 

Position: Outfield

Playing Years: 1906 - 1925

  • VBA MCC Baseball Section A Grade 1906-1925
  • Victorian Baseball team July 1908 – 1921
  • Australian Team member 1908
  • 9 times MCC Premiership player 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1919, 1920

Charles W. Simmonds

 

Position: Catcher

Playing Years: 1914 – 1918

  • New South Wales 1st Grade 1903-06, 1908-13
  • New South Wales State team member 1904-06, 1908-09, 1911-12
  • Australian Team member 1908
  • MCC A Grade player 1914-1918, Baseball Captain 1915-1916
  • MCC Premiership player VBU A grade 1916

Stan O. Quin

 

Position: Catcher

Playing Years: 1929 – 1945

  • MCC Baseball Section A grade player 1929-1945
  • Victorian Team Member 1931-1940
  • MCC Premiership Player 1932, 1935, 1942, 1943, 1944 & 1945
  • MCC Premiership Coach 1942,1943,1944,1945,1946
  • MCC Baseball Section Coach 1940-1948

Perry A. Ballmer

 

Position: 1st Base / Pitcher

Playing Years: 1932 - 1936

  • Inaugural award winner of the Charles Lansdown Medal in 1934
  • VBA MCC Baseball Section 1932-1936
  • VBA Victorian team 1932, 1935
  • MCC Premiership Player 1932, 1936

Colin C. Miller

 

Position: Infield

Playing Years: 1936 - 1953

  • Represented MCC Baseball Section from 1936-1953
  • S.C. Lansdown VBA Best & Fairest Winner 1940
  • Victorian Baseball Team 1938-1947
  • Life Member Victorian Baseball Association
  • M.C.C Premiership Player 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946

Hall of Fame - Modern Era 1950 - 2013, Pitchers & Catchers

 

Player

Career Highlights

Pitchers

Alan Connolly 1959 - 1963

  • Represented MCC Baseball Section from 1959 – 1963
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1959, 1960, 1961

Eddie Illingworth 1960 - 1972

  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
  • Australian National Team Representative 1962
  • Inducted into Victorian Baseball Association Team of the 20th Century
  • MCC Premiership Player 1969, 1971

Doug Provis 1967 - 1971

  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
  • MCC Premiership Player 1967, 1969, 1971

Noel Smith 1962 - 1975

  • MCC Premiership Player 1971
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974
  • Australian National Team Representative 1973
  • Victorian Baseball Association Team Coach 1975, 1976
  • Victorian Baseball Association MVP 1976 & 1977

Grant Weir 1974 - 1987

  • MCC Premiership Player 1987/88
  • Melbourne Baseball Club MVP 1984 / 1985
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1985, 1986, 1987
  • 1988 Australian Olympic Team
  • Multiple Victorian and Australian National Team appearances
  • Victorian and Australian Team Coach
  • Life Member Victorian Baseball Association

Darren Cassidy 2003 - 2009

  • Melbourne Baseball Club MVP for 4 consecutive Seasons – 2004/05, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2007/2008
  • 2004 Victorian Provincial Team Representative
  • 2004 Australian Provincial Team Representative
  • Australian Baseball Team Representative 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 2008

Catchers

Max Lord 1944 - 1963

  • MCC Premiership Player 1947 A1, 1958 B Grade
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
  • Victorian Claxton Shield Team MVP 1954 & 1956
  • Inducted into Victorian Baseball Association Team of the 20th Century
  • Australian National Team Representative 1954, 1955, 1956

Ross Arthur 1974 - 1994

  • Melbourne Baseball Club MVP 1979/80, 1980/81, 1986/87
  • MCC Premiership Player 1975/76 & 1987/88
  • MCC Premiership Player 2002/03 (Masters)
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1978, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83
  • Australian National Team Representative 1981, 1982, 1983 
  • Victorian Baseball Association MVP 1979

Hall of Fame - Modern Era 1950 - 2013, Position Players

Outfielders

Wayne Bishop 1959 - 1975  
  • MCC Premiership Player 1971
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1966
Murray Fielder 1970 - 1977
  • MCC Premiership Player 1970 2nds, 1971 A Grade
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1972, 1973
  • Sporting Globe Baseballer of the Year 1971
Alan Sieler 1981 - 1992
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1979, 1983
  • Australian National Team Representative 1983/84
  • MCC Premiership Player 1987/88
  • MCC Premiership Player 2002/03 (Masters)
  • Melbourne Baseball Club MVP 1982/83
  • Elected Life Member of Melbourne Baseball Club 2001
Rod Chapman 1974 - 1987
  • Melbourne Baseball Club MVP 1982/83
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

Infielders

Peter McFarlane 1959 - 1973
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
  • Australian National Team Representative 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973
  • MCC Premiership Player  1967, 1969, 1971
Roger Miller 1957 - 1974
  • MCC Premiership Player  1967, 1969, 1971
  • Victorian Team Representative – Chrysler Cup 1967
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
  • Australian National Team Representative 1968, 1971
Geoff Mathers 1958 - 1979
  • MCC Premiership Player 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972
  • Australian National Team Representative 1967
Tim Mead 1983 - 1988
  • MCC Premiership Player 1987/88
  • South Australian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1989
  • Australian Baseball League Representative 1990, 1991, 1992

Utilities

Ken Stephens 1951 - 1972
  • MCC Premiership Player 1958 B Grade, 1967 A Grade, 1970 2nds
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1952 - 1967
  • Claxton Shield Team MVP 1965
  • Australian National Team Representative 1965, 1966, 1967
  • Inducted into Victorian Baseball Association Team of the 20th Century
Glen Gambrell 1986 - 1999
  • Melbourne Baseball Club MVP for 2 consecutive Seasons – 1990/91, 1991/92
  • MCC Premiership Player 1987/88
  • VBA Division 1 MVP 1991/92
  • Australian Baseball League Representative 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Pam Donald (nee Clark) 1997 - 2003
  • MCC Baseball Section MVP 1997 / 1998, 1999 / 2000
  • Victorian State Representative 2002, 2003
  • Australian National Team Representative 2002, 2003

Hall of Fame - Modern Era 1950 - 2013, Playing Manager

Playing Manager

David Went 1951 - 1971

  • MCC Baseball Section Premiership Player 1958 B Grade, 1967, 1969, 1971
  • MCC Premiership Coach 1967, 1969 & 1971
  • MCC Baseball Section Coach 1966 - 1984
  • Victorian Team Representative – Claxton Shield 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968
  • Australian National Team Representative 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
  • Head Coach Victorian Baseball Claxton Shield Team 1970 – 1984
  • Head Coach Australian National Team 1974 – 1984

Inductees

Heritage (1888 - 1950)

Walter G. Ingleton 1892 -1914

Vernon Ransford O.B.E. 1906 - 1925

Charles W. Simmonds 1914 - 1918

Stan O. Quin 1929 - 1945

Perry A. Ballmer 1932 - 1936

Colin C. Miller 1934 - 1953

Modern Era (1950-2013)

Alan Connolly 1959 - 1963

Eddie Illingworth 1960 - 1972

Doug Provis 1967 - 1971

Noel Smith 1962 - 1975

Grant Weir 1974 - 1987

Darren Cassidy 2003 - 2009

Max Lord 1944 - 1963

Ross Arthur 1974 - 1994

Wayne Bishop 1959 - 1975

Murray Fielder 1970 - 1977

Alan Sieler 1981 - 1992

Rod Chapman 1974 - 1987

Peter McFarlane 1959 - 1973

Roger Miller 1957 - 1974

Geoff Mathers 1958 - 1979

Tim Mead 1983 - 1988

Ken Stephens 1951 - 1972

Glen Gambrell 1986 - 1999

Pam Donald (nee Clark) 1997 - 2003

David Went 1951 - 1971