1946 Claxton Shield

The 1946 Claxton Shield was the seventh annual Claxton Shield, an Australian national baseball tournament—the first time the tournament was held after a seven-year break due to World War II. It was held at Petersham Oval[1] and Marrickville Oval[2] in Sydney from 3 to 10 August, and was won by the hosts New South Wales for the fourth time in a row.[3] With this tournament win, they overtook South Australia as the outright leading state in Claxton Shield tournament wins.[4]

1946 Claxton Shield
Australian Interstate Baseball Carnival
Tournament details
SportBaseball
CountryAustralia
HostsNew South Wales Sydney, NSW
Teams3
Dates3 – 10 August
Defending champions New South Wales (1939)
Final positions
Champions
Gold medal australia.svg
 New South Wales (4th title)
Runner-up
Silver medal australia.svg
 Victoria
Third place
Bronze medal australia.svg
 South Australia
1939
1947

The other participating teams were Victoria and hosts South Australia. The two newest teams to the tournament—Western Australia and Queensland—did not participate.[5] However both did host an interstate series: Western Australia hosted a South Australian team,[6] and Queensland hosted New South Wales after the Sydney season.[7]

FormatEdit

With the reduction of participating teams back to the original three, the format also returned to a pure round-robin tournament. Once again, each team met each other team twice over the course of the week. In each game, two competition points were on offer to the teams. The points were awarded as follows:

  • Win – two points
  • Tie – one point
  • Loss – no points

At the end of the tournament, the team with the most points was declared the winner, and awarded the Claxton Shield.[1]

ResultsEdit

 1946 Claxton Shield Champions 
 
New South Wales
4th title
Team Points Wins Ties Losses
  New South Wales 8 4 - -
  Victoria 4 2 - 2
  South Australia 0 - - 4
3 August 1946 New South Wales   9 – 1   South Australia   Petersham Oval
3 August 1946 New South Wales   3 – 0   Victoria   Petersham Oval

6 August 1946 Victoria   6 – 4   South Australia   Petersham Oval

8 August 1946 Victoria   5 – 3   South Australia   Petersham Oval

10 August 1946 New South Wales   8 – 0   South Australia   Marrickville Oval
10 August 1946 New South Wales   10 – 2   Victoria   Marrickville Oval

All-Australian teamEdit

At the conclusion of the tournament, representatives from the Australian Baseball Council selected an All-Australian team. It was the second such Australian team selected at the end of a Claxton Shield tournament. As had been the case in the 1939 side, New South Wales players dominated the team, with seven players selected.[8]

Position Player
Pitcher   L. Dale
Catcher   M. Yuille
First Base   F. Brittain
Second Base   N. Harvey
Third Base   M. Diegan
Short Stop   K. Gulliver (c)
Left Field   H. Hawkins
Centre Field   W. Radbone
Right Field   J. Nagle
Reserve
Battery
Pitcher   R. Lawler
Catcher   P. Brideoake
Utility   J. Ellis
Manager   R. Darling

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Double Baseball Success By N.S.W." The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 August 1946. p. 7. Retrieved 6 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Baseball Win By Victoria". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 August 1946. p. 9. Retrieved 6 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "N.S.W. Baseball Outstanding". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 August 1946. p. 8. Retrieved 12 February 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Clark 2003, pp.60–1
  5. ^ Harris 2009, p.36
  6. ^ "S.A. Confident Of Baseball Win". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 August 1946. p. 8. Retrieved 6 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Baseball Team For Queensland". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 August 1946. p. 9. Retrieved 6 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Champion Baseball Side Chosen". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 August 1939. p. 8. Retrieved 6 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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