As told by one of Richmond’s greats John ‘Hone’ Holloway: “I once played against Tommy in the 1960’s when I was in Richmond Prems and we played a friendly against the Richmond Old Boys at Grey Lynn Park. I came off the back of the first scrum and ran at the first 5 Vern Bakalich who was the then current senior coach. As I fended away from him giving him cheek I was smashed from my blindside as hard a hit as I had ever had -it was Tommy Baxter. I saw stars, when I regained a bit of composure I snarled at him that we had been told to take it easy on the old guys and he said “don’t bother I never took it easy when I played and I’m not starting now”. He was in his 40’s at the time and still a bloody hardman.
RIP Good friend