Club history

Established in 1959, Waverley is one of the largest and most successful baseball clubs in Australia

CLUB HISTORY

  • In the Beginning
  • Breakthrough to Division 1
  • Massive growth
  • Homes of Waverley Baseball Club

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.

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 1970’s 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.

1953-1963
SUCCESS FROM THE START

Club's first player was John Harrison. After several years he was widely acclaimed as a natural coach and teacher. Over his 20-year volunteer career, it has been estimated that more than 200,000 children learned to play at his Baseball Club.
Safe!

OUR BEGINNIGS

The Oxygen Baseball Club is competitive baseball club, founded in October 1953 by player coach John Lee.

AWARDS

This award recognizes the proffesional player with the highest percentage of overall improvement in all competitions.

FIRST MEDALS

In April 1962, Oxygen Club hosted the largest baseball meet ever to be held at the college level or in the country.

JUNIOR TEAM

Comprehensive training programmes began with our Junior Squads right through to Performance squads.

1964-1978
BASEBALL CLUB FOUNDED

Many Oxygen players gained acclaim and success in baseball competitions too. First baseball major star was local resident Richard Tompson who started playing baseball with the club in USA National league at the age of ten.

2010-NOW
MORE MEMBERS,
MORE MEDALS

We've operated within the City Baseball Club and therefore all players had the opportunity to progress through a seamless pathway from baseball lessons to Olympian. We also had squads for those who choose to continue playing for enjoyment.

NEW MEMBERS

Bring to the table win-win survival strategies to ensure proactive domination. At the end of the day, going forward.

STADIUM LOCATION

Above all Oxygen Club operated in a friendly fun filled environment where the focus was solely on all members.

JUNIOR TEAM

From the start, Club’s members act in accordance with the Baseball Code Comprehensive of Conduct and Ethics.

CHAMPIONS

The baseball programme consists of one 30 min. session per week and all children are grouped on best ability.

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Waverley Baseball Club Inc.
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Secretary Adrian Dunn
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PO Box 910, Glen Waverley, 3150

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