Yorkshire and England cricketer who took 2304 first-class wickets; he was the first bowler in the history of the game to take 300 wickets in test matches. He played 67 times for his country and was one of the outstanding postwar ‘characters’ in the game. He received an OBE in 1989. Born in Stainton, Yorkshire, he made his debut for his county in 1949 and two years later won his cap; he first played for England in 1952. Known affectionately as ‘Fiery Fred’, because of his early bowling style and blunt manner, he took his 300th test wicket at the Oval in 1964. He could also be a useful, if unpredictable, batsman, scoring more than 9000 runs (including three centuries). His impetuous behaviour occasionally led to trouble with the authorities; after his retirement he became an establishment figure as a test-match commentator and sports writer.
From Who's Who in the Twentieth Century in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).