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Key Facts

Full name
Ivan Baumgartner

Known as
Ivan Baumgartner

11 March 1934

30 December 2020 (aged 86)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 38d
Last game: 22y 160d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Melbourne; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 13, 22
Melbourne: 22
St. Kilda: 5

Recruited from
Geelong (1955); Melbourne (1956)

Ivan Baumgartner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL19561610.0625%0

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,283rd player to appear, 4,349th most games played, 6,632nd most goals kickedGeelong: 562nd player to appear, 480th most games played, 613th most goals kickedMelbourne: 761st player to appear, 959th most games played, 1,259th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,012th player to appear, 664th most games played, 1,027th most goals kicked

Ivan Baumgartner was a handy utility and defender who seldom if ever made the headlines, but could always be relied on to work hard in the service of his team. He started his league career in 1953 with Geelong, and he could be considered unfortunate to have been dropped from the Cats’ grand final team after having played in the previous week’s preliminary final. In 1954 he was a regular in the seniors, including two finals appearances.

Three rounds into the 1955 season, after 27 VFL games and three goals for Geelong, Baumgartner transferred to Melbourne, where he played just five senior games, but did well in the reserves, finishing second in that season’s Gardiner Medal count. He crossed to St Kilda in 1956 and added a final 16 games and one goal to his respective career tallies. 

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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