Ipswich-bred baseballer Peter Vogler has been inducted into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ipswich-bred baseballer Peter Vogler has been inducted into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame. Rob Williams

City great receives elite honour

AS one of Ipswich's fiercest competitors, Peter "Yowie'' Vogler commanded respect whenever he played.

The former Olympic baseballer and Queensland football representative was always proud of his Ipswich upbringing as part of a well-known sporting family.

While enjoying the social side of sport more these days, Vogler remains one of the city's leading achievers.

So it's fitting Vogler has been inducted into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame.

"It's been a long time. It was good,'' Vogler, 51, said.

"I'm only the ninth Queenslander to go in it so it is a pretty good honour.''

The Hall of Fame induction had added importance after Vogler's dad Brian, nicknamed "Chookie'', was earlier recognised as an Australian football great.

Former coal miner Chookie passed away in 2009 having been a Socceroo who played at the 1956 Olympics.

"Dad would have been pretty proud of what he achieved in his day,'' Yowie said, also appreciating the immense support from his mother Margret.

"So I'm proud to keep it in the family.''

Vogler received the accolade during the Australian Baseball League championship series won 2-0 by the Bandits over Adelaide at Holloway Field.

As a member of the original 1989 Bandits side and later the team captain, Vogler hoped the club's latest success keeps baseball moving forward.

Although he missed out winning a national title with the Bandits, he shared in Queensland Claxton Shield victories in 1983 and 1988.

He represented Australia at the 1988 (Seoul) and 1996 (Atlanta) Olympics, playing more than 400 ABL games for the Bandits and Gold Coast Cougars.

"It has changed a bit. I'd just like to see it keep going,'' he said of the national league.

Vogler lives and works on the Gold Coast these days after ending his baseball career with the Ipswich Musketeers and finishing his football with the Ipswich Knights.

However, he appreciates his Ipswich upbringing where he enjoyed major success at national and international level, including sharing in Australia's gold medal performance at the 1999 Intercontinental Cup in Sydney. Vogler hit the winning run for Australia.

Playing with the Ipswich Musketeers also provided many fine memories.

That included being part of the club's four consecutive premierships in the late 1980s, breaking a 19-year drought.

"I wouldn't take anything back and I wouldn't change anything,'' the Ipswich born and bred sportsman said.

"The times I had at the Musketeers and the friends I made. We always had a good time and we were always competitive.''

 

Australian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee: Peter "Yowie" Vogler

  • Born: September 10, 196
  • Major honours: Queensland U13, U15 and U17
  • National Youth Championships; Claxton Shield wins for Queensland in 1983 and 1988.
  • Australian under-18 selection in 1980/81 before making the national team from 1986 and gaining Olympic selection in 1988 and 1996. Represented Brisbane Bandits, including stint as captain, from 1989-93 before Australian Baseball League career with the Gold Coast Cougars until 1997/98 - as captain in 1993 and 1994.
  • Highlights: Enjoying the first time called up to play for Australia; the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games tournaments; sharing in Australia's gold medal performance at the 1999 Intercontinental Cup.
  • Other awards: 1988 - Ipswich Sportsman of the Year. 1987: Claxton Shield Final - MVP; Brisbane Bandits MVP and Golden Glove winner; Gold Coast Cougars MVP and Golden Glove winner. 2003: Inducted into Queensland Ball Hall of Fame. Ipswich Musketeers Club MVP six times.


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