Full Name: BASIL MCCORMACK
Date of Birth: 02/08/1904
Height: 180 cm ( 5-11 )
Weight: 80 kg ( 12-8 )
Debut: 02/05/1925, Round 1, Hawthorn
Last Game: 05/09/1936, Round 18, Essendon
Total Games: 199
Total Goals: 1
Premiership 1932, 1934,
1931 Vice Captain
Best & Fairest 1927-28,
Victorian Representative Team 1926-29, 1931 Games 13.
Basil was a champion half-back-flanker during Richmond’s successful era of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Originally recruited from Rochester he, like champion full-back Victor Thorp, was rejected by St.Kilda, before moving to Richmond. He went straight into the senior team and played 60 consecutive games before injury forced him from the team. In his early years, he was considered too loose for defence; however, with experience he tightened up and formed part of a fine half-back-line, with Joe Murdoch. He was a tough competitor who was a safe reliable mark and fine pass. He possessed excellent judgement and anticipation which enabled him to dash away from opponents. He was also fiery at times and this cost him two separate 6-match suspensions.
He spent 12 seasons with Richmond, playing 200 games and representing. Victoria 13 times. He won the club Best and Fairest award in 1927 and 1928 and he was vice captain in 1929 and 1931. He was a member of the 1932 and 1934 Premiership sides and the 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931 and 1933 Grand Final sides. He was voted Richmond’s best player in the water logged Grand Final of 1927, and was awarded Life Membership in 1934.
He moved to Tasmania in 1937 where he was playing-coach of Newtown between 1937 and 1940. He then served in the A.I.F between 1940 and 1945, where he saw action in the Pacific Islands. Basil eventually returned to Richmond where he served on the Committee between 1955 and 1971. He died in 1973.
Rochester 1923-24, Games 33, Goals 5.
Newtown Captain/Coach 1937-40, Games 57, Goals 21 ( Honours - League Representative Team Games 8 Goals 2 ) ; Franklin Coach 1947 ; St Virgil's Tasmania Coach 1948-50 ( Honours - Premiership 1950 ).
Semi Final vs Geelong 1934