About Us

Sydney Uni Baseball Club was established in 1904, one of the oldest and most traditional clubs in Australia. 

Sydney Uni Baseball Club is a part of one of the most prestigious sporting organisations in Australia, Sydney University Sport and Fitness, which dates back to 1852. Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness has produced more Australian representatives and won more major competitions than any other club. Consequently it continues to be an influential body in the sporting domain. 

SUBC annually enters three teams in the Sydney Winter Baseball League, which is the highest calibre competition in the state for the winter season. The Club also enters a fourth team in the Pacific Coast Baseball League. 

The club is always looking for new players of all ages and ability, and is open to members of the public as well as those affiliated with the University, and is a great social place to play baseball in Sydney. If you are interested in playing, please contact us to express your interest. 

Sydney University Baseball - First Grade 1912

Why "Cynics"?

For most of our existence, the Club simply went by the moniker "University". However a change was involuntarily enforced by the powers that be, soon after UNSW's entry to the competition.

According to '100 Years of Sydney University Baseball Club', by our historian Huw McKay:

Regular problems with playing numbers, and occasional administrative laxity, continually drew the ire of the SWBL in the late 1980s... League meetings saw Club delegates under fire over this or that failing. One meeting saw the University's lack of mascot or totem as a point of debate. With UNSW on board, "University" was not felt to be distinctive enough... the Club needed to come up with a mascot to appease the League, if only temporarily.
The brains trust - Richard de Carvalho, Phil Garrett, David Goonesena and others - took the challenge on board. Repairing to the bar at the Petersham RSL, they bent their combined intellect to the problem and came away with a masterful solution. Henceforward, University would be the "Cynics".

Armed with a lengthy oratory (similar to the Wikipedia extract below):

...the Club's delegates arrived at the next SWBL meeting to not only table this choice, but to defend it to the death. Thankfully things never got this far. The Club announced its intention, and the room went silent. The delegation began their fastidiously prepared defence, with passion in their voices and the cold light of fanaticism in their eyes. And then a voice was heard from the back - "Just let 'em have it". No doubt the speaker feared to sit through a lecture more so than the quite obvious threat posed to the sanctity of the League from the unorthodox mascot. The motion was duly massed into the minutes and the Cynics were official.
Recall that the Petersham "Petes", Waverley "Waves", Lane Cove "Coves" and the Marrickville "Marricks" were the contemporary benchmark.

Origins of 'Cynic'

Thanks to Wikipedia: Cynicism_(philosophy)

Cynicism is a school of Ancient Greek philosophy as practiced by the Cynics. For the Cynics, the purpose of life was to live in virtue, in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, people could gain happiness by rigorous training and by living in a way which was natural for themselves, rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, sex and fame. Instead, they were to lead a simple life free from all possessions.

One of the earliest Cynics was Diogenes of Sinope, who lived in a tub on the streets of Athens. Diogenes took Cynicism to its logical extremes, and came to be seen as the archetypal Cynic philosopher. 

The name Cynic derives from Ancient Greek (kynikos), meaning "dog-like". It seems certain, that the word dog was also thrown at the first Cynics as an insult for their shameless rejection of conventional manners, and their decision to live on the streets. Diogenes, in particular, was referred to as the "Dog", a distinction he seems to have revelled in, stating that "other dogs bite their enemies, I bite my friends to save them". Later Cynics also sought to turn the word to their advantage, as a later commentator explained:

There are four reasons why the Cynics are so named. First because of the indifference of their way of life, for they make a cult of indifference and, like dogs, eat and make love in public, go barefoot, and sleep in tubs and at crossroads. The second reason is that the dog is a shameless animal, and they make a cult of shamelessness, not as being beneath modesty, but as superior to it. The third reason is that the dog is a good guard, and they guard the tenets of their philosophy. The fourth reason is that the dog is a discriminating animal which can distinguish between its friends and enemies. So do they recognize as friends those who are suited to philosophy, and receive them kindly, while those unfitted they drive away, like dogs, by barking at them.

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Blues and Golds

The awarding of Blues began at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and is a tradition found at British and Australian universities.

The Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) Blues Committee may award a Blue to any individual student of the University of Sydney, competing in the highest level sporting competition, who has achieved outstanding sporting excellence in a 12 month period.

The SUSF Blues Committee may award a Gold to any person in recognition of outstanding and sustained service to a Constituent Club or SUSF over a period of at least ten years. Baseball Gold awards are generally bestowed following an outstanding tenure of administrative service to the Club.

Sydney University Club Golds

Erby, Geoff + *

Finlay, Ronald *

Granger, Allan

Gray, James

1997

1985

1988

2006

McKay, Huw *

Gray, Anthony

Franklin, Andrew

Shipard, Wade

2006

2016

2017

2018

Sydney University Baseball Club Blues

Ainsworth, Victor

Alderson, Albert + *

Alderson, Kenneth

Alexander, Nelson

Allison, Robert

Allison, Alexander

Anderson, Ian + *

Anderson, Hartley

Andrews, Barry

Austin, C

Back, John

Back, Robert

Bain, Ronald

Barbour, Eric

Barnes, Peter

Barrack, Bruce

Barrowcliff, Neil + *

Bassetti, John

Bee, William

Binns, Kendal *

Black, K

Blaikie, John

Blaikie, Clement

Blazey, Philip *

Bourne

Breadman, Ross

Butchart, David *

Byrne, J

Campling, C *

Clayton, Clifford

Cobb, Alexander

Cockcroft, Peter

Cohen, Samuel

Connelly, John

Cooper, Bryce

Crompton, Alan

Darke, Henry

Downward, Charles

Dubedat, Ronald + *

Duggan, Joseph

Dunn, Melvin

Dwyer, Brian

Edwards, Marshall *

Everett, John

Farrar, Frank *

Farrar, John

Finlay, Ronald *

Firth, William

Flattery, Thomas

Fraser, Donald

Freeston, Jonathan

Garner, James

Garrett, Phillip + *

Goff, William

Gregg, Norman

Griffith, James

Griffiths, Charles

Hampshire, Frank *

Hearne

Heffernan, Thomas

Hodgson, George

Hollander, David

Holt, John

Homer, Frederick

Hooke, Edwin

Hornibrook, Jonathan

Hunter, Lancelot

Hyde, Victor

Hynes, David *** + *

Jarrett, Frederick *

Jeffrey, Peter + *

1940-41

1950

1951

1926

1944,47

1945, 46,47,48

1970

1966

1957

1917

1912

1922

1925

c1912

1966

1916

1973/74

1922

c1917

1942, 43

 

1962

1937, 38

1963

1916, 17

1970

1994

c1922

c1912

1924-25

2018

1978

1935,36,38,39

1936,37,38,39

1920s

1968

1919-20

c1920

1947

1940,41,42

1956

1944,45

1947,48,49

1959

c1912

c1912

1972

1922, 23

1922

1930,31,32,33,34,35,36,37

2004

1924

1992

1963

c1914

1932,33

1923,24,25

1959

c1910

1932,33

1936,37

1961

1924

1940

c1916

c1914

c1910

1922,23

1993

1925,26,27

1963

 

Kerr, Charles Andy *

King, Jonathan + *

Lamb, Harry

Lane, John

Leahy, Henry

Ludowici, Ralph

MacDonald, William

McCarthy, Arthur

McClintock, Sir Eric

McDonnell, Aeneas

McElhone, Eric + *

McGuinness, Edward

McKay, Huw

McLennan, Simon

McLeod, Roderick *

McMinn, John *

McNeilly, Ian

McWilliam, R

Martin, J

Millar, Claude

Minnett, Roy

Mitchell, Colin *

Mitchell, Bruce

Mitchell, John

Morley, James

Mould, Jack + *

Mould, Alfred + *

Mutton, Arthur

Neville, Warwick + *

Norton, Robert

O'Neile, Paul

Osborne, Trevor

Osborne, John

Otter, Bruce

Perkins, Frederick

Phillips, Carl

Phillips, Leigh

Pryke, John

Quoyle, Darby

Rickard, Raymond

Roberts, M

Roberts, Norman

Robertson, C. Keith

Rushbrooke, Ronald

Sapsford, Lionel

Sato, Ryuichi

Scott-Orr, Donald

Single, Clive *

Smith, Bert

South, Walter

Stening, Sir George

Sykes, John

Thomas, Robert *

Thomson, Jack

Trenerry, Edwin *

Turnbull, David

Wagner, Francis *

Waldron, George

Wallis, Bruce

Walsh, Alan

Warn, Roy

Watson, Andrew + *

Westphal, William

Williams, Keith

Wippell, Walter

Woolcott, R

Yates, Arthur

Young, Robert

Young, John

1932,33,34,39

1997

1927,29

1911

c1915

c1919

1922

1934,35,36

1938

1920s

c1907

c1914

1998

1925

1946,47

1948,49

1973

1930,31,32

1932,33

1940

c1909

1946,48

1957

1933,34,35

1996

1923,24,25,26,27

1927

1931,32

1973/74

1942

1968

1967

1986

1952

1916,17

1935,36

1933,34,35,36

1939,40

1987

1924

1910

1936,37

1934,35,36,37,39,40

1934,35,36,37,38,39

1933,34,35,36,37

1992

1953

1911

1936,37

1939,40,41,42

1924

1951

1968

1931,32

c1920

1932,33

1957

c1912

1948

1940

1927

c1908

1942

1922,23,25

c1920

1927,29,30,31

1916,17

1953

1927,29,30,31

+ denotes SUBC Team of the Century

* denotes SUBC Team of 1904-1940, 1941-1970 or 1971-2004

*** denotes SUSF Blue of the Year