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    History

    The MCC Baseball Section was established in 1888 and won its first premiership two years later.  The MCC later dominated the Victorian competition with seven consecutive premierships between 1907and 1913.

    In 1976 the Victorian Baseball Association switched from a winter to a summer game, an important initiative that unfortunately left our baseballers without a home because the Albert Ground was required for cricket.

    The Section moved first to Willsmere Park, Kew(1977/78) and in the following year to Macleay Park, North Balwyn, before a permanent home was established in 1999 at Surrey Park in the City of Whitehorse. A MCC women’s team had been formed two years earlier.

    Milestones
    1888 – A MCC Baseball team is formed.
    1890 – Club wins its first premiership.
    1907-13 – MCC wins VBA pennant for seven consecutive years.
    1977/78 – Club moves from Albert Ground to Willsmere Park (Kew) before settling next year at Macleay Park (North Balwyn).
    1998 – The Section forms a women’s team.
    1999 – The MCC helps fund a new field and clubhouse at Surrey Park in City of Whitehorse.

    MCC Baseball Premierships 

    Major A
    1890, 1893, 1894, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1932, 1935, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1967, 1969, 1971.

    Major B/Division 2
    1910, 1911, 1912, 1915, 1933, 1958, 1987/88, 2000/01, 2010/11

    Major Grades
    1947 (A1), 1952 (A2), 1953 (A1, A2), 1963 (A2, D, 5ths), 1964 (D, 5ths) 1965 (D), 1970 (A1), 1974 (A2), 1981/82 (Div 1 Reserves), 1987/88 (Div 2 Reserves), 1991/92 (Div 1 Thirds zone), 1992/93 (Div 2 Reserves), 1993/94 (Div 2 Reserves), 2008/09 (Div 2 Thirds), 2010/11 (Div 2 Fourths)

    Masters
    2002/03  (Division 1), 2010/11 (Division 2 South East), 2011/12 (Division 2 East), 2012/13 (Division 2 East)

    Women
    1999/2000 (Division 4), 2004/05 (Division 2) , 2009/10 (Division 3)

    Junior Grades
    1959 U/16 North, 1960 U/16 South, 1963 U/16 South, 1969 U/15, 1971 U/17, U/13, 1972 U/17, 1975 U/15 Lightning premiership, 1979/80 U/15, 1983/84 U/13 Lightning Premiership, U/13 Vic. Regional Rep ABF Championship, 1984/85 U/15 Demons, 1985/86 U/17 Demons, U/15 Demons, U/13 Lightning Premiership, 1986/87 U/17 Demons State Championship, U/13 Lightning Premiership, 1987/88 U/15 Red Sox, U/13 Lightning Premiership, 1989/90 U/18 Demons State Championship, U/16 Demons (Division 2), U/14 Demons (Division 4), 1990/91 U/16 Demons (Division 2), 1991/92, U/18 Demons (Division 2), 1992/93 U/18 Demons (Zone), U/16 Demons (Division 3), 1993/94 U/18 Demons (Zone), 1994/95 U/18 Demons (Zone), U/12 Demons (Western Division), 1996/97 U/16 Demons (Division 2), 1999/00 U/14 Demons (Division 1), U/12 Demons (North West Division), 2002/03 U/14 (Domestic Division), U/12 Demons (Metro East), U/12 (Domestic Division), 2003/04 U/12 Demons (Eastern Division), 2004/05 U/12 Blue (Domestic Division), 2005/06 U/14 Demons State Championship, U/14 Red Eastern Zone, U/12 (Metro East), 2006/07 Little League Eastern Centre Reds, 2007/08 U/16 Demons State Championship, U/14 Demons (Metro East), Little League Central Centre Red, 2008/09 Little League Central Centre Angels, 2009/10 Little League Central Centre Dodgers, 2011/12 U/16 Demons AAA Minor League, Little League Central Centre Dodgers, 2012/13 Little League East Dodgers

    V.B.A Club Champions
    Major A – 1943, 1953, 1963, 1971
    Major B – 1958, 2010/11
    Summer Competition - 1969/70 1975/76