Sir Jack Hobbs

(1882—1963) cricketer

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Surrey and England opening batsman who scored 61 237 runs and completed 197 centuries in an illustrious career from 1905 to 1934 (excluding the war years). He was knighted in 1953.

Hobbs was born in Cambridge but qualified to play for Surrey. In his first match for the county, against a side led by W. G. Grace, he scored 88; two weeks later, in his championship debut against Essex at the Oval, he made a century before lunch. From then on his great reputation was quickly established. He was selected to go to Australia in 1907–08 and went on to make 61 test appearances, with 15 centuries and a batting average of 56.94. His most notable partner was the Yorkshire batsman Herbert Sutcliffe.

Seventeen times he exceeded 2000 runs in a season and in 1926, at Lord's, he made 316 not out against Middlesex. He was a man of unaffected charm, dignity, and good nature; England probably never had a more popular cricketer. After giving up the game he ran a sports shop in London.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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