Sports news from 1920: Interstate baseball is back

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 24 2020, 8:43 pm

Interstate baseball returned to Sydney on 24 July 1920 for the first time since the Great War as New South Wales played Victoria at Petersham Oval in the first of a three-match series.

The best known names from the two teams are two future international cricketers: Alan Kippax, third base for NSW, and Bill Ponsford, catcher for Victoria. A crowd of about 4000 packed into Petersham Park however the match on a fine Saturday afternoon was a bit of a rout, NSW winning 27 runs to 3. 

According to the Daily Telegraph 26.7.1920:

A' keen, and exciting struggle was anticipated, but the crowd was dlsappointed. In the early stages, particularly, the combination of the visitors went to pieces,

while that of the home team worked throughout like a well-oiled machine.

The Sydney Sportsman's baseball correspondent "Strike One" described the game as a "keystone comedy".

Box scores:

                    R H E
Vic 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 26
NSW 0 15 0 2 3 0 1 6 x 27 26 3

(source: Sydney Morning Herald 25.7.1920

The second match was scheduled for Wednesday July 28 at Waverley Oval.