PERCY BEAMES was recruited from the Ballarat ( Victoria ) Football Club by the Melbourne Demons in 1931, and played 213 Games kicking 323 Goals until his retirement as a Player at the end of the 1944 Season. The Beames 1996 Australian Football League Hall of Fame card is available at qualityafltradingcards.com. He is regarded as one of the Demons greatest ever players and was an outstanding all round sportsman. Beames has the distinction of being the only Australian Football Player to have played more then 200 Games of VFL/AFL Football and more than 200 Games of First Class Cricket.
Percy Beames was a stockily built Rover who was acknowledged as being most gifted and highly talented, with impeccable disposal skills on both sides of his body. His consistency is best demonstrated by his naming as one of the Demons Best Players on 132 occasions in his 213 Games played for the Club. He was never dropped from the League side, and only ever missed matches due to injury. Beames was the First Melbourne Demons footballer in their history to have played 200 Senior Games and was awarded Life Membership of the Club.
He played in an era of outstanding on-ballers, and testimony to his extraordinary talents were his selection in the Victorian State Teams of 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937 and 1938. Further proof of his reputation as a big-game player is obvious when we refer to the Melbourne Demons website summaries of the Demons Premiership Years of 1939, 1940 and 1941 in which he was a leading contributor ; his Grand Final winning performances were – 1939- Best Player- P. Beames ( 4 Goals ), 1940- Best Player- P. Beames ( 2 Goals ), and 1941- Best Player – P. Beames ( 6 Goals ). If the equivalent of the Norm Smith Medal were to be awarded in his playing days, Percy Beames would have won 3 Medals in succession, an astonishing achievement.
Due to the exodus of many quality footballers who had volunteered for active service in the Second World War, Melbourne dropped from their pinnacles of success of 1939-1941, to that of an an average performer for the balance of the war years. This period coincided with the last 3 years of the Beames playing career, which he spent as the Playing Coach of the Melbourne Demons. Percy Beames was an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996, and was selected in the Melbourne Demons Team of the Century as a Forward Pocket/Rover in 2000.
Percy Beames also played Cricket for the Melbourne Club in the Victorian Cricket Association from 1931 to 1947, which included 4 Premiership-winning Teams and had an overall Career Batting Average of 47.44. During this period he also played 18 Matches for Victoria, scoring 1186 runs at an average of 51.56. He scored 3 First Class Centuries for Victoria in Interstate Cricket and was the State Captain for the 1945-1946 Season.
Beames accepted an appointment as the Chief Sports writer for the Melbourne Age Newspaper in 1946 and covered Australian Rules Football and Australian Cricket for over 30 years. This role also encompassed International Tours covering the Australian Cricket Team’s performances at the major venues for World Cricket.
Percy Beames is a Champion in Australian folklore, achieving the highest of recognition for his sporting prowess and delivering precise commentary and judgements on Australia’s two leading sports of his generation, with unwavering honesty and integrity.
Vale Percy Beames who passed away in 2004 at the age of 92 years.
( image courtesy of Select Australia 1996 AFL Hall of Fame Football Card Series ).