Full Name: GEORGE BAYLISS
Date of Birth: 1893
Height: 179 cm ( 5-10 1/2 )
Weight: 75 kg ( 11-10 )
Debut: 22/08/1914, Round 17, Melbourne
Last Game: 25/08/1923, Round 15, Essendon
Seasons: 1914, 1916-23
Total Games: 89
Total Goals: 217
Honours: Premiership 1921, Club Leading Goalkicker 1920 Goals 63, 1921 Goals 53, 1922 Goals 32, VFL Competition Leading Goalkicker 1920 Goals 63.
George was Richmond’s first recognised spearhead. A local Richmond boy he originally came to Richmond’s notice when he averaged 96 goals in the three years prior to playing in the VFL. A long left foot kick he was credited with kicking a drop kick 75.90 metres, (83 yards) against Carlton at the Punt Road Oval in 1922. Although not a strong overhead mark, he was very hard to stop when leading out. He was a member of the 1921 Premiership side and the 1919 Grand Final team. He missed the 1920 Premiership side due to injury. George was the first Richmond player to win the VFL Goalkicking award in 1920 and he won the Club award in 1921 and 1922. His highest individual goal tally was 7 and he kicked it against Geelong and South Melbourne in rounds 12 and 13 of 1920 and Collingwood Round 13 of 1921 and Round 1 of 1922. He kicked 5 or more goals on 15 occasions and represented Victoria twice.
He was involved in a controversial incident against Essendon in Round 7 of 1921 at the Punt Road oval. Richmond scored a behind and the football went into the crowd. Whilst in the crowd a spectator stabbed the ball with a sharp object before returning the rapidly deflating ball to the Essendon full-back. The full-back on seeing the damage tried to pass the ball to the umpire for an inspection; however, the kick went to Bayliss who grabbed the ball and kicked a goal. The umpire allowed the goal despite howls of complaint from the crowd. Richmond went on to win the match by 15 points and George finished up with 6 goals. After leaving Richmond he spent two seasons with Footscray. George died in 1935.
Balmain Church of Christ 1911-13 ( Honours - Leading Goalkicker 1911, 1912, 1913 ).
Footscray 1924-25, Games 20, Goals 44 ; Hume Weir 1928 ; Camberwell 1930, Games 1, Goals 0.