History

Formed at a meeting convened by the Dandenong Social Cricket Association and held on 18th February 1931.
Visitors from the Victorian Baseball Association included:Mr. Hindson, President of V.B.A.
Mr. Newbound, Treasurer.
Mr. McLean, Secretary of the Umpires Association.
Mr. Jack Ellis,
Captain of South Melbourne Baseball Club
and a member of the V.B.A. Executive.

After hearing them,
D.N. Ewart moved and H.R. Edwards seconded, That a Baseball
Association be formed.

This was carried and the following Executive was elected:

President: Norman A. Taylor
Secretary: Harry Shepley
Executive Committee: D.N. Ewart
H.R. Edwards
E. Norris
S. Hendrie
Harold George
J. Archer

It was decided that a meeting of the Executive should be held the following Wednesday for the formation of clubs.

From the records of the Dandenong District Historical Society – issue of the Dandenong Journal, 26th February 1931.

 

Trustees:

John Crichton
Michael Stephens  – added 2013
Alan Bredin *
John O’Brien *

Life Members:

John Crichton
Mark O’Brien
Neil Jones
Michael Stephens
Julie Stephens
Michelle Winther
Mark Gooding
Mark Cummings
Micheal Wearne
Ron Blaskett
Samuel Jamison
Ormond Joffre Metcher Bem *
Alan Bredin *
H. Cox *
L. Olssen *
R. Luxford *
H. Shepley *
S. Wagland *
John O’Brien *
* (deceased)

Awards

Our association has a long and rich history, and there are many people who have made significant contributions over the years. For some, awards have been named in their honour.

To keep our history alive, we present the following.

O’Brien Medal Award for Best Player

The O’Brien Medal was first awarded in 1963, and was struck in honour of John O’Brien, the then Secretary of the association. It was a role he held from 1962 to 1975, along with being Vice President from 1958-1961 and again from 1975-1987. John was also a DBA representative player from 1948-1953.

He served at Frankston Baseball Club from 1948 as either Secretary, Coach or President until 1967, and then went on to become Secretary and Treasurer of the VPBL from 1974-1988, and Councillor for the Victorian Baseball Association from 1979-1988. For all his work, John was awarded Life Membership with Frankston Baseball Club, Dandenong Baseball Association and Victorian Provincial Baseball League. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in recognition for his services to baseball.

Simone Wearne Award for Best Women’s Player

Simone has a long and glittering career in baseball that continues to this day. She has not only played, she has also been President, Secretary and Treasurer of her summer and winter clubs, and a committee member of the DBA and Baseball Victoria. In her earlier years, she played in the DBA Women’s competition for her club and her association, and she coached a Women’s representative team to Tournament Champions in 2001.

Playing at Springvale Lions Baseball Club and Berwick Baseball Club, she has had many years representing and then coaching Victoria, and is the current Australian Women’s Baseball team Head Coach. In 2008 and 2009 she was named the ABF Female Player of the year, and in 2012 was the first female player to be inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame. This award was struck in her name the same year to honour this achievement.

Neil Pendock Award to the Club Champions

Neil Pendock donated this trophy to the association for the Club Champions, which was first awarded in 1975.

He coached several DBA representative teams, and was associated with the Noble Park Baseball Club.

(Further information to be supplied.)

Ken Love Award for Best Under 18 Player at the State Winter Championships

Ken Love moved to the Frankston area in 1970 after playing at Moorabbin, Ormond, Ballarat, North Balwyn (where he was a Life Member) and Colac.

In the DBA, he was a member of the newly formed Peninsula Baseball Club, holding the position of Secretary.

He then joined the DBA Executive as Vice President in 1975, and became DBA Secretary from 1976 to 1982.

During this time, he also served on the VPBL executive.

From 1970 to the early ‘80s, Ken was the manager of the DBA Under 19 team, and was also the manager of the VPBL Under 19 Colts team during this period. This award was struck in his name in 1984 to honour his dedication to junior baseball.

Ross McKenry Award for the Best Player at the Senior State Winter Championships

(Information to be supplied.)

Joffre Metcher Memorial Award for the Plate Umpire of the A Grade Grand Final Game

Joffre was a much loved and well respected umpire over many years, and spent time at Collingwood and Frankston Baseball Clubs before being involved in establishing the St Chads Baseball Club, and his efforts there saw him awarded a Life Membership.

He was also involved in the Seaford Lifesaving Club, and for this work received an OAM on Australia Day.

Joffre didn’t drive, so was often seen on his bike or walking to grounds to umpire, and was well known for having a bag of lollies when he umpired juniors, and would hand them out to kids during the game. He was a character of the game both as a coach and a player, but is best remembered for his umpiring. He umpired as he played, hard but fair and always in a manner that made you smile. When Joff told you to swing at anything close late in the game, you had to go at anything – particularly if the bar was just about to open.

Ron and Pam Baskett had a very close relationship with Joffre and his family, and it was for this reason they donated the Joffre Metcher Memorial trophy in his honour in 1997.