|Full name||Carl Robert Ditterich|
|Date of birth||10 October 1945|
|Original team(s)||East Brighton|
Round 1, 20 April 1963, St Kilda|
vs. Melbourne, at Junction Oval
|Height||194 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (212 lb)|
|1963–1972||St Kilda||153 (123)|
|1976–1978||St Kilda||50 (33)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1980.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Ditterich, known as the "Blonde Bombshell", made an impressive debut as a 17-year-old for St Kilda against Melbourne in the opening round of the 1963 VFL season, with his speed, high leaping and endurance noted.
In 1973, he transferred to Melbourne under the VFL's short-lived "10-year rule, which allowed players with ten years' service at one club to move to another club without a clearance, before returning to St Kilda in 1976, due to his six-year deal being too expensive for Melbourne to continue.
In 1979 he switched again to Melbourne to become their captain-coach for two years; during this period, the Demons suffered the worst defeat in VFL/AFL history, losing to Fitzroy by 190 points in Round 17, 1979.
Ditterich purchased a wheat farm near Swan Hill, Victoria. He coached nearby Woorinen (Mid Murray FL)for two seasons 1983 and 1984. Eighteen years later he coached Boort in the North Central Football League in 2002 and 2003.
Ditterich unsuccessfully stood as an independent candidate for the seat of Swan Hill in the 1999 Victorian state election.
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- "Ditterich the Star Among League Recruits". The Age. 22 April 1963. p. 22.
- Carter, Ron (22 April 1963). "Courageous Saints Show Up Several Demon Faults". The Age. p. 20.
- "Ditterich Suspended: 6 games". The Age. 24 August 1966. p. 1.
- "Carl will lift us into the five". The Age. 12 February 1973. p. 20.
- The 10-year rule was introduced by the VFL in August 1972, in order to render it immune from the sorts of "restraint of trade" difficulties that were being experienced, at the time, in New South Wales in relation to Rugby League footballers. Although twenty-two VFL players were eligible under the rule, only George Bisset, Barry Davis, Ditterich, John Rantall, Adrian Gallagher, and Doug Wade, took advantage of it — transferring to Collingwood, North Melbourne, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Footscray, and North Melbourne (respectively). The rule was rescinded in May 1973.
- Sheahan, Mike (30 December 1975). "Ditterich may lead Saints". The Age. p. 18.
- Sheahan, Mike (18 January 1979). "Carl on way to coach Demons". The Age. p. 28.
- Brodie, Will (1 August 2011). "Demon legends disappointed by coach sacking". The Age. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
- Carl Ditterich's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- Carl Ditterich's coaching statistics from AFL Tables
- Carl Ditterich at AustralianFootball.com
- "St Kilda Hall of Fame Profile". Archived from the original on 27 June 2004. Retrieved 2006-01-16.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Demon Wiki profile
- Carl Ditterich: Boyles Football Photos.