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".
(source: Sydney Morning Herald 25.7.1920 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28092473)
The second match was scheduled for Wednesday July 28 at Waverley Oval.
#newsfrom1920 Interstate #baseball returns to Sydney after WW1. 3000 at Petersham Oval saw NSW defeat Victoria 27-3. Future Test cricketers Alan Kippax (3rd base, NSW) and Bill Ponsford (catcher, Vic) played.
Pics: The Australasian, 31.7.20 https://t.co/eWuOOyXTet pic.twitter.com/M6Dp9mpzLb
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