Our club - a proud local history

Malvern Baseball Club was founded in 1898 and is located on Glenferrie Rd in Kooyong. Currently the club has teams in the mens and junior competitions, with juniors ranging from our Friday night Little League and Junior League teams, to Sunday morning teams for Little League, Junior League, and Under 18s. Senior men play on Sunday afternoons, with the firsts also playing midweek fixtures.

Malvern Baseball Club has been a part of Malvern and Stonnington since 1898, making the club the second eldest sporting club in Malvern, just behind the Malvern Cricket Club.

We play on the only purpose built baseball field in the City of Stonnington at Sir Zelman Cowen Park in Kooyong. We also play some junior games on McApline Oval, a playing field shared with Athletics and Soccer.

Malvern Baseball Club has a rich history in Malvern and has produced some outstanding local baseballers who have gone on to represent Victoria and Australia. We have also won numerous Division 1 and A grade titles in the Victoria Baseball League.

Womens teams were introduced in 1995 and for the moment there is no womens team available. Look out for a womens team in the 2019/2020 season.

We also have a strong Junior Program from T-ball through to Under 18 and have seen many of juniors progress through to Senior and representative teams.

    

 

Jack Wadsworth - a Malvern legend

John ‘Jack’ Wadsworth

Our home field is name after Jack, a true Malvern Baseball Club legend.

Jack's tenure as playing coach of the first nine from 1956 – 1970 took the club from B grade to A grade and an outstanding 6 A grade Premierships and 1 runners up.

Jack was also President of the club from 1984 – 1990, coached our Division 1 first nine from 1982-3, coached our U18’s from 1973-78 and again in 2007 and finally coached our fifths from 1986-90.

Jack won numerous accolades on and off the field. He represented Victoria in 1949, 1950 and 1960, was All Australian in 1950, VBA MVP 1950 & 1957, most valuable clubman 1983 and awarded life membership in 1964.

Jack’s two son’s John and David also played baseball at Malvern. John was club coach from 1987-89 and David played in the 1975 Division 1 Premiership side.

Founding & Life Members

Founding Members:    Charlie Palmer* / R Youlden*

(* Deceased)

 

Life Members:

1950 Alexander Cottee*

1950 Allen Lee*

1950 John Fowler*

1950 Wal Bartleet*

1958 Walter Riddell*

1959 Ray Ellis*

1959 Ron Jones*

1962 Fred Elliott*

1962 Jack Shanahan*

1964 Don Davis*

1964 Jack Wadsworth*

1965 Ken Welfare*

1967 George Dicker*

1972 Brian Weymouth

1974 Albert Armstrong

1974 Trevor McDonnell*

1978 David Massey

1980 Norm Winfield

1982 Robert Williams

1983 Joyce Dicker*

1988 Jean Love*

1991 Rodney Gaunt

1993 Rob McDermott*

1995 Damian Shanahan

1995 Ross Jones

1996 Malcolm Stuart

1997 Algi Serelis

1997 Marita O'Meara

1997 John Makeham

1998 Kevin Chamberlain

1998 Brian Wingad

1998 Dary Dicker

1998 Grant Weir

2000 Ken Wheat

2000 Doug Harnick

2001 Terrye Cox

2002 Ken Wall

2002 Marion Grant

2002 Frank Benton

2002 Jordon Gogos

2002 Wendy Gaunt

2003 Paul Pezzolesi

2008 Laurice Stuart

2010 Richard Simpson

2016 Michael Johnston