Percy Beames      

Full name Percy James Beames

Born July 27, 1911, Ballarat, Victoria

Died March 28, 2004, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 92 years 245 days)

Major teams Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Commentator

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 18 27 4 1186 226* 51.56 3 3 8 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 18 157 7 5/52 22.42 1 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1933/34 - 1945/46

Percy Beames made his name playing football for Melbourne - he was in three premiership teams and was named in their team of the century - and Victoria. He also played cricket for Victoria 18 times either side of the war, scoring 1186 runs at 51.56 with a career-best of 226 not out against Tasmania in 1938-39. After his retirement from top-level sport in 1945 he became a journalist and for more than 30 years was chief football and cricket writer for The Melbourne Age. He retired in 1976. "His voice was from the Bradman era, but his ideas were contemporary," Greg Baum wrote in Beames's old paper. "His enthusiasm for sport and for Melbourne never dimmed. Now both he and the Members' Stand are gone, and the sporting landscape in Melbourne will never be the same."

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