Pitcher’s perfect comeback earns him Hall of Fame entries
THE second part of the Far North Coast Baseball Legends series on Adrian Meagher concludes today.
In 1990-91 he was manager of the Daikyo Dolphins and had a very impressive 31-9 record.
His pitching was a big part of the record as he went six wins and only one loss with a 2.54 earned run average (ERA), going on to win the Manager of the Year.
The Dolphins fell to a 28-19 record in 1991-92 and then won the play-offs.
Meagher’s pitching again was a big factor and his personal record of 13-2 with a low 1.93 ERA giving his team the edge.
He led the Australian Baseball League in ERA, wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and strikeouts to walks ratio, which gave him a well-earned Pitcher of the Year and MVP awards.
In 1993 Meagher took on the role as pitching coach for Australia.
In the 1993-94 ABL season Meagher managed the East Coast Cougars and finished the season with a 15-37 record completing his managerial run at 109 wins and 112 losses.
With reoccurring arm injuries Meagher decided to hang up his glove at the age of 35.
However, he did not leave the game, coaching Australia in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup where they won their first medal in a worldwide tournament.
Meagher made a comeback in 1998 which turned out to be a great move.
At 39-years-old he pitched for Australia in the 1998 Baseball World Cup.
This return prompted him to suit up again for action in Australia and again turn out for the Gold Coast Cougars in 1998-99, resulting in a 6-1 record and a healthy 2.97 ERA.
He was named in the ABL second team All Stars and won two games in the play-offs which helped the Cougars win the title.
In the 1999 Intercontinental Cup he was dominant, going 2 -0 with a very impressive ERA of 0.47, striking out 21 batters.
In the gold medal game, he gave up just one run in six innings in relief against the Cuban National Team and Australia went on to win its first gold medal in any major international competition.
He was named in the tournament All Star team as the top right-handed pitcher.
Meagher suited up for Australia at the Sydney Olympics and recorded one win and a 6.00 ERA.
His last season was 2000-01 in the ABL and he finished his career with an overall 48-22 win-loss record and 3.02 ERA.
In the Far North Coast competition Meagher received the Huckleberry Medal (MVP) in 1977 and 1982 and the Moulder Mug (most consistent).
After a very impressive career Meagher received Hall of Fame status with Baseball Queensland in 2004, Baseball Australia in 2005, and Lismore Workers Baseball Club and Far North Coast Baseball in 2012.