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1947 Claxton Shield
Australian Interstate Baseball Carnival
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Tournament details
Sport Baseball
Country  Australia
Hosts South Australia Adelaide, SA
Teams 4
Dates 2 — 9 August
Defending champions New South Wales New South Wales (1946)
Final positions
Champions
Gold medal australia.svg
Victoria (Australia) Victoria (1st title)
Runner-up
Silver medal australia.svg
South Australia South Australia
Third place
Bronze medal australia.svg
New South Wales New South Wales
Fourth place Western Australia Western Australia

The 1947 Claxton Shield was the eighth annual Claxton Shield, an Australian national baseball tournament. It was held at the Adelaide Oval[1] in Adelaide from 2 to 9 August, and was won by Victoria for the first time. The other participating teams were defending champions Victoria, hosts South Australia and the returning Western Australian team.[2][3]

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Format

With the reduction of participating teams back to the original three, the format also returned to a pure round-robin tournament. 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 two teams with the most points contested a final, the winner of which was awarded the Claxton Shield.

Results

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Preliminaries

Team Points Wins Ties Losses
South Australia South Australia 8 4 - -
Victoria (Australia) Victoria 6 3 - 1
New South Wales New South Wales 2 1 - 3
Western Australia Western Australia 0 - - 4
2 August 1947 Victoria Victoria (Australia) 4 – 3 Western Australia Western Australia South Australia Adelaide Oval
2 August 1947 South Australia South Australia 4 – 3 New South Wales New South Wales South Australia Adelaide Oval

4 August 1947 New South Wales New South Wales 4 – 2 Western Australia Western Australia South Australia Adelaide Oval
4 August 1947 South Australia South Australia 4 – 0 Victoria (Australia) Victoria South Australia Adelaide Oval

6 August 1947 South Australia South Australia 4 – 0 Western Australia Western Australia South Australia Adelaide Oval
6 August 1947 Victoria Victoria (Australia) 6 – 1 New South Wales New South Wales South Australia Adelaide Oval

8 August 1947 Victoria Victoria (Australia) 4 – 1 Western Australia Western Australia South Australia Adelaide Oval
8 August 1947 South Australia South Australia 3 – 0 New South Wales New South Wales South Australia Adelaide Oval

Final

9 August 1947 Victoria Victoria (Australia) 4 – 0 South Australia South Australia South Australia Adelaide Oval

All-Australian team

At the conclusion of the tournament, representatives from the Australian Baseball Council selected an All-Australian team. It was the third such Australian team selected at the end of a Claxton Shield tournament. Interestingly, South Australian players made up the largest proportion in the squad, despite not being the champion team of the year, while champions Victoria had only two players selected: the smallest from any team, along with Western Australia.[4]

Position Player
Pitcher South Australia D. Vaughan
Catcher South Australia P. Brideoake
First Base Victoria (Australia) R. Straw
Second Base New South Wales T. Geegan
Third Base New South Wales M. Deigan
Short Stop South Australia R. Brealy
Left Field Victoria (Australia) R. Black
Centre Field South Australia W. Radbone
Right Field New South Wales J. Rowley
Reserve
Battery
Pitcher South Australia B. Dooland
Catcher Western Australia T. Nisbet
Utility Western Australia C. Dickinson (c)

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