When the topic of conversation surrounds Belmont's best ever third baseman the name Lennox is perpetually cited. Was it his sensational throwing arm when he would toy with the hapless runner, leaving his rocket like launch until the last second, or his exceptional ability to hit the baseball flat and hard? It really doesn't matter; 'Ox' was the best. In 1961, Lennox become the first Newcastle player to represent NSW in the Claxton Shield.
After three unsuccessful seasons in first grade, Belmont gained the services of former Claxton Shield pitcher Ron Rice. He proved to be the catalyst for Belmont's five consecutive premierships from 1960 to 1964. Supposedly past his prime when he joined Belmont, the crafty left-hander proved to be one of the best pitchers in the club's history. While his fast ball was not over-powering, it was his off-speed pitches and control that made him great. Rice represented NSW and South Australia at the Claxton Shield and was also an Australia All-Star representative player.
The versatility of Russell Neal is best described by former team mate Ian Anderson who in his 1986 coach's report remarked 'I have had the opportunity to play alongside one of the most gifted baseballers. Erg could play anywhere with distinction and just having him in the side gave a coach that flexibility that if something suddenly went wrong he was prepared to fill the gap and I knew that the defense was expertly covered'. Neal represented NSW in 1975.
Although only playing one season for Belmont, Tyler's inclusion in the Hall of Fame is hard to argue against. Apart from being the coaching catalyst for a golden era in the club's history, the right-hander, by virtue of an extremely accurate assortment of pitches, was a dominant force on the mound. Tyler represented NSW and Australia.
"Harry" was the complete baseballer. He was an astute tactician, leader, coach, and a competent baseman and outstanding outfielder. Along with Garry Williams, Heggie was the driving force behind the golden era of the mid 70s and early 80s. Many still rate this NSW and Australian representative the best coach the club has had.
"Willo" has long been regarded as the most talented baseballer ever to don a Belmont uniform. He could play all nine positions at a level few could duplicate. Williams represented NSW in the Claxton Shield on many occasions and also played in eight different positions in his career with the Australian senior team. He was also the recipient of Belmont's Sportsman of the Year award over five consecutive seasons.
In a club blessed with many very good catchers, 'Shakes' stands above the rest. Rarely did a pitch pass his glove, while with the bat he was solid. Hendy's greatest attributes were his knowledge of opposition batters along with his ability to call a game from behind the plate, virtually writing the script for any game he played in. Hendy represented NSW and Queensland in the Claxton Shield.
JG' was the ultimate team player who performed not only at a very high level but also in a manner that personified professionalism. A student of the game Graham played much of his baseball with Belmont in the infield and was also selected for NSW as on outfielder. He was also a very consistent hitter.
Miller was the original "Wild Thing" on the mound. The at times erratic left-hander possessed a devastating fast ball which he used most effectively against all batters. Miller threw a shut out in Belmont's grand final win in 1976 before going on to represent NSW.
In the early 80s no player dominated Newcastle pitchers like Curry. While not technically perfect, his great eye and powerful wrists helped "Prawns" to three consecutive NBA Batting Trophies and the MVP Award in 1983. His dedication to his other great ability, cricket, meant Curry was never available to represent at the heights he was more than capable.
Williams was a pure power hitter, capable a reshaping the ball with one powerful swing. He was also an above average athlete who, for a big man, possessed good speed in the in the outfield. Williams was a three time winner of the Association's batting trophy (1977-79) and a NSW Claxton Shield representative.
When the game was on the line you wanted Ian Hook at the plate. If you wanted a run driven in you got a run driven in; if you wanted a ground ball to the right side to score the runner at third that is exactly what you got; and invariably if a home run was required 'Hooky' would accommodate. Hook was also a quality catcher who represented NSW Country.
A lanky left-hander, Anderson enjoyed much success with Belmont as both a player and coach. He was a former fastball pitcher who, following an arm injury, went on to be one of the greatest "off-speed control pitchers" in the history of the Newcastle competition. Another Anderson trademark was his exceptional 'pick-offs' to first base that bamboozled many a base runner. Anderson was a NSW Country, NSW Claxton Shield and Australian representative.
Halliday has the distinction of being the only player to throw winning grand finals in three decades – 80s, 90s and 00s. While he has made many starts for Belmont, Halliday's command over all his pitches made him the perfect 'closer'. He represented NSW Country on a number of occasions and was also a prominent figure in the former National League, turning out for the Parramatta Patriots, Sydney Blues, Sydney Wave and Hunter Eagles.
Right across the field Chris Bradley was an exceptional baseball player. His ground work in the infield was a feature of his game making many outstanding play look regulation. With the bat the left hander was a power hitter who took advantage of every right field fence in Newcastle. His versatility has seen him selected as both a positional player and pitcher for both the NSW Claxton Shield team and in the National League. Bradley represented Australia in 1997 and was a six-time winner of Belmont's Sportsman of the Year Award.
In 1997, Anderson became the youngest Belmont player to pitch a winning first grade grand final at just 16 years of age. Great control and movement of off-speed pitching coupled with a moderate fast ball best depicts Anderson's pitching. The young left-hander left the club after the 1998 season to take up a professional contract with the Seattle Mariners. He was also a member of the 2000 and 2004 Australian Olympic teams.
In the first decade of the new millennium, no pitcher dominated the Newcastle competition like Dave Rosser. His unique action coupled with his outstanding control of all pitches makes him one of the all time greats to take the mound in the blue and gold.
Rosser was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in his debut season with the club in 2002. He was back-to-back winner of the Belmont’s first grade MVP award in '02 and '03, and was named player of the grand final in the same seasons. In 2007 he etched his name along some of the club’s greats by winning Belmont’s coveted Sportsman of the Year Award.
Between 2002 and 2007 he represented Newcastle, Country NSW and Australia Provincial and in 2007 debuted for NSW in the Claxton Shield taking out the competition’s Rookie of the Year title.
Rosser retired at the end of the 2008 season and was immediately named as the Club's 17th Hall of Fame inductee. In 2010 however, he returned to the club and at 38 years of age and is still dominating the league's best hitters.