Percy Beames

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Percy Beames
Personal information
Full name Percy James Beames
Date of birth (1911-07-27)27 July 1911
Place of birth Ballarat, Victoria
Date of death 28 March 2004(2004-03-28) (aged 92)
Place of death Melbourne
Original team Golden Point (Ballarat)
Height/Weight 165 cm / 70 kg
Position(s) Rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1931–1944 Melbourne 213 (323)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1942–1944 Melbourne 48 (19-29-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1944 season.

Percy James Beames (27 July 1911 – 28 March 2004) was an Australian rules footballer with Melbourne and first-class cricketer at state level for Victoria. He later became a distinguished journalist, covering both sports for Melbourne's The Age until 1976.

Cricket career[edit]

Beames became a member of the South Melbourne Cricket Club for the 1929/1930 season. In 1931 he moved to the Melbourne Cricket Club. Beames represented Victoria on 18 occasions between 1933 and 1946, scoring 1186 runs at 51.56. During this time he scored three first-class centuries with a highest score of 226 not out in 1938 at Launceston. Beames was appointed captain of Victoria for the first post war season in 1945. He, however, left cricket the year after this to concentrate on a career in football.

Footballing career[edit]

Beames joined Melbourne in 1931 and soon established himself as the club's rover. In his first two seasons he polled well in the Brownlow Medal, finishing equal fifth on both occasions. He was part of their hat-trick of premierships that went from 1939 to 1941 and captain-coached Melbourne from 1942 to 1944.

Later life[edit]

After finishing his football career he became a writer at The Age newspaper for 30 years. He was also inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Beames was the father of Adrienne Beames, a former long-distance runner frequently credited as the first woman to break the three-hour barrier in the marathon.[1]

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