Southern Barbarians Baseball Club was established in 1933 and is one of the oldest baseball clubs in Melbourne, Victoria. This Division 1 club has consistently produced great players who have served the club well over the years and have made a formidable name for themselves. In all representative sides and across various age groups, the players have done their teams proud.
At the time of its inception, the club had three senior teams and from the get go, the players dominated the VBA competition. The team made an appearance in ten Grand Finals consecutively. Premierships were won by the Southern Barbarians in 1935, 1936 and 1937. Flags were won in 1938 and 1941. The club also won a variety of major tournaments in Australia in 1955, 1962, 1973, 1981, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1999. The team racked up an impressive winning percentage of 84.4% before 2000s. During this time, the Hartley Trophy was won by Southern Barbarians’ star players Graham Holmes, John Chapman, Jack Harris and Henry Ferguson.
A particularly memorable match was in 1940, when a 2 run walk off homer was hit by Holmes for helping the Southern Barbarians Baseball Club win in the Metropolitan Division.
In the initial years after 2000, the club experienced some setbacks. However, after current coach George Mendez joined the club, a sudden resurgence took place and within the first year of his tenure, the Southern Barbarians Baseball Club won a championship in 2005. Since then, the teams of the club have consistently found themselves in the finals and have won most of the matches they have played. The winning percentage, which had fallen down to 70% in early 2000s, has now risen to a massive 89%.
Given the way the club’s teams have been performing, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the club continues making a name for itself.
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