From: Coburg High School/Northcote Church of Christ
Number: 15 (1935-1945)
Premiership Player - 1939, 1940, 1941
Best and Fairest - 1940
Seconds Premiership Player - 1934, 1935
Life Member - 1946
150 Heroes Selection
MFC Hall of Fame - 2003
Victorian state player - 1939
Statistical categories led:
Most goals in jumper 15
The younger brother of Richmond's Jack, Baggott was a childhood friend of Len and Norm Smith in Melbourne's northern suburbs. He debuted with the Seconds in 1934, playing for the league in a representative game and coming off the bench in the last quarter to play in that year's premiership side.
Baggott booted 88 goals in the seconds the next year, and played his first seven senior matches. He kicked 26.25 in the last seven games, including six goals against North Melbourne - in the final round. Still available for the Seconds finals, he won another premiership with the twos. In 1936 he captained the Victorian Railways representative side.
In 1937 Baggott moved to centre-half forward, forming an lethal attacking combination with Norm Smith. Even though he was often used as a decoy forward alongside Smith, Jack Mueller and Fred Fanning he was the team's leading goalscorer with 51.40. He never again booted more than six in a game, but it was only his last two seasons where he had less than 30 goals in a year.
A depressed cheekbone fracture cost him five games in the middle of 1938, but he still managed 32 goals. The next year he became a premiership player, backing up again in 1940 and winning a Best and Fairest award. He was then sought by several VFA clubs, including Brunswick, Preston and Williamstown. The most serious bid came from Brunswick despite attending training with them he wasn't cleared and returned to the Demons.
After playing his 100th game in the 1941 premiership season, Baggott joined the RAAF the next year, missing the 1943 and 1944 seasons while serving. He returned in an undermanned 1945 team but was unable to train regularly due to Air Force duties but still played sixteen games for the year.
At the age of 31, having battled Malaria through the year, Baggott accepted the job of captain/coach at Brunswick. He was in charge from 1946 to 1948, and led his side to a preliminary final in the first year by contributing 72 goals. They didn't play in the finals again under his leadership. He returned to the Demons as an assistant to Norm Smith in 1958, and in 1959 became the Reserves coach, where he served until the end of 1961. In the 1962 pre-season he resigned as coach of the Seconds and as Norm Smith's assistant.
He later became a football commentator with 3KZ and General Manager of the Victorian Railways Institute.
|Round 6, 1936||Threatening behaviour||Not Guilty|
|Round 6, 1936||Retaliating||4 matches|
Also shown as from Railways.
Sporting Globe - 15/08/1934
Sporting Globe - 21/08/1935
Herald - 15/07/1936
Sporting Globe - 27/04/1940
Herald - 06/03/1941
Age - 07/03/1941
Sporting Globe - 12/03/1941
Herald - 18/03/1941
Australasian - 24/06/1944
Age - 25/06/1958
Age - 02/04/1962