DOB: 16 January 1917
Died: 26 April 2013
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 raised in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and became a childhood friend of Len and Norm Smith. He debuted with the seconds in 1934, and came off the bench in the last quarter to play in their premiership side.
Baggott booted 88 goals in the seconds the next year, and played his first seven senior matches - including six goals against North Melbourne - in the last round of the season. He booted 26.25 in the last seven rounds of the premiership season, and still qualified for the seconds finals he won another premiership with the twos.
From there on in he was a senior player. 1937 saw Baggott move out to centre-half forward in combination with Norm Smith. He booted a team leading 51.40 in a lethal partnership with his old mate. Used as a decoy forward in a potent attack alongside the likes of Smith, Jack Mueller and Fred Fanning, Baggott never booted more than six in a game but only his last two years from there yielded less than thirty for the season.
His 1938 campaign was hurt by a depressed cheekebone fracture which caused him to miss five games in the middle of the season, but he still managed to kick 32 goals for the season.
1939 saw Baggott join his old mates Smith and Richie Emselle in a premiership triumph. They backed up again in 1940 and Baggott's combination with Smith proved so lethal that he won the Best and Fairest award.
Before the 1941 season he was sought by several VFA clubs, including Brunswick, but was not cleared. After playing his 100th game in the 1941 premiership season, Baggott joined the RAAF in 1942 and missed the 1943 and 1944 seasons while serving in the army. He returned in an undermanned 1945 team but was unable to train reguarly due to duties with the RAAF. He 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 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|