WAVERLEY BASEBALL CLUB HISTORY

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 A BRIEF HISTORY (This Page Below)
 HOMES OF THE WAVERLEY BASEBALL CLUB (This Page Below)
 CLUB TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
 WAVERLEY'S EARLY YEARS
 
Contributed by Graeme Hattwell
 
 PICTURES FROM THE EARLY DAYS AT WAVERLEY
 
 1960-61 WILDCATS - Our First Ever Waverley Wildcats Team!
 WAVERLEY'S JUNIOR PIONEERS
 
Contributed by Ross Neilson
 
 1966 UNDER 17 TEAM - Our Only Junior Team at that Time in Club History!
 WAVERLEY'S EARLY PREMIERSHIP YEARS
 
Contributed by Keith Sheldon-Collins
 
 1964 D GRADE & D1 GRADE PREMIERSHIPS - Historic Team Photos
 1970 2nds & 3rds PREMIERSHIPS - Team Photo, Waverley Gazette Report
 1971 PREMIERSHIP - Chadstone Progress Newspaper Feature
 WAVERLEY'S EARLIEST DIVISION ONE GLORY YEARS
 
Contributed by Keith Sheldon-Collins
 
 1981 DIVISION ONE PREMIERSHIP - Team Photo, Coach's Report & Scoresheet
 1981 DIVISION ONE PREMIERSHIP - Waverley Gazette Newspaper Feature
 1982 DIVISION ONE PREMIERSHIP - Team Photo
 WAVERLEY'S JUNIOR GLORY HISTORY
 
Contributed by Keith Sheldon-Collins
 
 1979 WBC JUNIORS SWEEP ALL 3 VICTORIAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 
 - SUN Newspaper Easterly Supplement for Thursday, 3 May 1979
 SENIOR GAMES RECORD HOLDERS
 CLUB (WBCWEB) HONOUR BOARD & RECENT PENNANTS
 CLUB CHAMPIONS & ALF MANN AWARD WINNERS BY YEARS
 CLUB AWARD WINNERS & TEAM TROPHY WINNERS BY SEASON
 OUR STATE & NATIONAL TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
 

 A BRIEF CHRONOLOGY OF 
THE WAVERLEY BASEBALL CLUB'S HISTORY

The Waverley Baseball Club was formed in 1959 and was originally known as the Glen Waverley RSL Youth Baseball Club. Our current name Waverley Baseball Club was adopted in the early 1960's when it was feared that another baseball club could be formed using the name "Waverley". 

The Waverley Baseball Club first competed in a competition that was then known as 'D Grade' in the Victorian Baseball Association Winter Season competition.

Right from the earliest times, club management recognised that in order for the Waverley Baseball Club to progress and to become successful it would need to establish and develop a junior program. Alf Mann, a past president of the club and a man devoted to the cause, set out to recruit suitable people to coach teams and to manage the junior side of the organisation.

It was from these "pioneer years" that Waverley Baseball Club established its tradition as an innovative organisation, a culture that we still promote and cherish today. An example of this was our idea to manage a "school based" competition in which five local primary schools participated. This was to form the basis of our early junior program with the substantial growth in the number of (domestic) club teams that followed when youngsters who had been introduced to the game of baseball found that they enjoyed it so much that they wanted the opportunity to play on weekends. 

Waverley was again at the forefront when baseball in Victoria (and Australia) made the important transition from a Winter to a Summer competition in the early 1970's. By this time the Waverley Baseball Club had grown to comprise three senior teams and ten junior teams. With the contributions of our "patriarch" Dick Mason and others, the club had already established its reputation for excellent coaching and as an outstanding training ground.

By the advent of Summer baseball in 1976 Waverley had won its way through to the top grade, which was now called "Division 1". As engineered by our founding management, the progress of our rich junior program had become the backbone of the club with our senior teams almost entirely comprised of players who had been developed as Waverley juniors. The only exception to this was our "Dad's Army" team, a team of our elder statesmen who made up much of the coaching and management staff of the club. This team did, however, remind us about one of the other fundamentals of Waverley baseball, that is that the game can be enjoyed at any standard and at any age, with or without the rewards of success!

The Waverley Baseball Club has been able to maintain and build upon its great traditions by recognising that the fundamental principles of the game and junior development must never be forgotten and we can thank our forbearers for instilling these factors into the "culture" of the Waverley Baseball Club as they are still jealously guarded today. 

While we continue to look to the future, we have already established a tough benchmark of "club success" during the halcyon days of the 1990's when we boasted no less than 44 under age teams that supplied a "conveyor-belt" of players for five senior Waverley teams. Such was our strength in those times that some of our junior talent inevitably decided to seek opportunities to play and coach with rival clubs... this was considered a "fact of life" at Waverley Baseball Club. 

Although our strength would sometimes attract a "jealous rivalry" from opponent clubs, few would deny that the Waverley Baseball Club was indeed a superbly managed organisation with a culture of success and that we had become the "flagship" of the Victorian Baseball Association.

Our challenge is to maintain these traditions and to strive to help the game of baseball continue to attract healthy numbers of new players to the game.

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HOMES OF WAVERLEY BASEBALL CLUB
Researched and Compiled by Keith Sheldon-Collins

The Waverley Baseball Club used a number of grounds over the first twelve years of its existence before settling at Napier Park, High Street Road, Glen Waverley.

Some of these grounds were to be used by the junior club for training after the move to Napier Park had been made.

These grounds were: - 

Waverley Central Reserve, Melway Ref 71 C5

Glen Waverley Nth Reserve, Madeline St. Melway Ref 62 B11

Brandon Park (behind the Fire Station) Melway Ref 71 D9

Southern Reserve, Police Road (one year only) Melway Ref  80 F5

Tally Ho Reserve Bennett St., Melway Ref 61 J9

Highbury Reserve, Melway Ref 61 K9 

Mount View Primary School ground (Melway Ref 71 F4) was used as a junior practice ground and later in the 1970ís was home to our first under 15 league.

Some other school grounds were used for practice areas prior to the moving of the pony club, which enabled the development of our junior diamonds in their current location.