He was John Hardy, the 22 year old son of Charlie Hardy, a veteran of 250 VFL games with North Melbourne and Essendon, including two premierships.
Charlie, who was shorter and lighter than his son went on to coach at Essendon then St Kilda.
However our subject, John Hardy, played with Carlton but, apparently because of his size, could only managed four games nevertheless his efforts saw him win the seconds B & F for the club in 1949.
The young Hardy earned the nickname, Mighty Mouse, and in 1950, the Cricket Immortal, Keith Miller, who himself had represented the VFL and later he played with Sydney Naval then incidentally, many years after, took on the role of Chief Commissioner of the NSWAFL, wrote an article about John in the Sydney Sporting Life.
We have attached this very descriptive piece about John, the 1951 Phelan Medal winner playing with North Shore, in two parts. It is very interesting reading. Click the magnifying glass over the page after opening each link.
John later coached North Shore and was then elected president where he also reported on ABC TV for the game locally. In his time he was a well known personality in Sydney football but is most recognized as the driving force in the formation of the North Shore-Warringah Junior Football Association in 1969.
The photo shows John in an older style North Shore jumper.