The story of baseball in Arncliffe is older than any of our living members, and as a result the myths and mysteries are plentiful. Whilst we can only wonder what the inspiration to start up a baseball team in 1913 was, the onset of hostilities heralded by the Great War (and the associated American influence) is seen as being the most likely catalyst.
If we consider these baseballers to be our forefathers, records indicate that we were originally founded by the Arncliffe Presbyterian Church – a group consisting mainly of Scotsmen. They formed a cricket team at the same time, and were to enter in local competition against such teams as Arncliffe Waratahs, The Wanderers, Royals, Corinthians, Ionas and more. Selecting a name was difficult, until someone struck on the idea of their heritage – Scotland.
A trip back to those days would reveal a large park on the Newmans Coach site in Arncliffe (Wollongong Road, just on the West side of the railway underpass) with a group of gentlemen playing Saturday afternoon baseball in the Black and Gold (it wasn’t until after WWII that Red was added to our colours to avoid confusion with other clubs). In those days, players would all go home after the game as it would be another 49 years before Arncliffe Scots Sports and Social Club opened its doors.
The lads from the local church played baseball for a few years, but interest in the sport quickly waned and it wasn’t until 1964 that we began again in interest. This time around we were called the Arncliffe Bachelors Baseball Club – with the addition of “Bachelors” reflecting the players attitude towards marriage.
As baseball was played only in the winter months in those days, our players were a mix of cricketers keeping fit during the off season, and mates from the schoolyard. Over time however a junior club was developed, and although humble in its beginnings, these juniors were the first in a long line of baseball “specialists” to be produced in Arncliffe. Players like Barry Tilbrook started his baseball career in these times and are today acknowledged as the Club’s “wise & aged” men.