Founded in 2010 as a joint venture between Baseball Australia and Major League Baseball, the Australian Baseball League (ABL) continues to thrill fans around the world with a dazzling combination of Australia and New Zealand’s best homegrown talent and top prospects from around the world.
The creation of the ABL gives Oceania’s best baseball talent the rare chance to showcase their skills in front of a home crowd, and reinforces the existence of a legitimate pathway to the Big Leagues right in our own backyard.
The ABL season takes place during the Southern Hemisphere summer, running from November to February. Each year’s campaign concludes with the best-of-three Championship Series and the winner is awarded the Claxton Shield, the same trophy that’s been awarded to the winners of interstate baseball competitions since 1934.
History of the Baseball in Australia
Baseball was brought to Australia by American gold miners and played on the gold fields of Ballarat for fun on their rest days in the 1850s. Cricketers Gaggin & Goldsmith tried to play baseball at Yarra Park, Melbourne in 1867, but AFL fans arriving for the adjacent AFL football disrupted the games. Read More
All-Time Claxton Shield Winners
When Norrie Claxton (1880-1951) donated a trophy to be awarded to the State winning the annual Australian Championships. Claxton, first president of the South Australian Baseball League, in 1913 originally intended the team which won the trophy for 3 successive years to become the permanent holder. After South Australia won the first 3 years of competition involving presentation of the trophy, all States agreed that it become a permanent competition trophy and named it the Claxton Shield Competition. Read More
All-Time Helms Award Winners
The Helms Award has been presented annually to the most outstanding player of the Claxton Shield competition since 1962, with the exception of 1990-99, when the original Australian Baseball League presented its own Most Valuable Player Award. The award gets its name from the now-dissolved Helms Athletic Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California in the United States. Read More
ABL Players in Major League Baseball
ABL Rulebook (19/20 Season)
Nationally Identified Player List (19/20)