Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Basil Milton McCormack

Known as
Basil McCormack

3 August 1904

Place of birth
Rochester, VIC (3561)

19 February 1973 (aged 68)

Place of death
Bentleigh, VIC (3204)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 272d
Last game: 32y 33d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 9

State of origin

Basil McCormack

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 2,975th player to appear, 626th most games played, 8,699th most goals kickedRichmond: 257th player to appear, 31st most games played, 763rd most goals kicked

A decisive, tear away defender whose approach to the game epitomised the Richmond 'eat 'em alive' ethic, Basil McCormack played 199 VFL games between 1925 and 1936, and would arguably have had few peers as a half back flanker either before or since. Winner of Richmond's best and fairest award on two occasions, McCormack was a prime reason for the Tigers missing only one Grand Final in the eight-year period between 1927 and 1934. Unfortunately, their record in Grand Finals was a poor one, but in both of their successful years (1932 and 1934) McCormack featured prominently among the best players.

A 13-time Big V representative, McCormack's lofty status in Tigerland was emphasised with his selection on a half back flank in Richmond's official 'Team of the 20th Century'. Following his 12-year stint in the VFL, Basil McCormack spent nine years coaching in Tasmania.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.