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Donald Bradman

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman

Profession: Cricket Legend

Nationality:
Australia
Australian

Why Famous: Widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time, his career Test batting average of 99.94 is often cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.

Born: August 27, 1908
Birthplace: Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: February 25, 2001 (aged 92)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1932-04-30 Australian Test cricket batsman Don Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney

Historical Events

  • 1927-12-16 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman makes his 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia at the Adelaide Oval finishing Day 1 on 65 not out
  • 1927-12-17 Australian cricketing prodigy Don Bradman scores 118 in his 1st-class debut for NSW against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval
  • 1928-11-01 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores 133 not out in NSW 2nd innings v Queensland in Brisbane; follows his 131 in the Blues' 1st innings
  • 1928-11-30 Australian cricket legend Don Bradman makes an inauspicious Test debut; scores 18 & 1 vs England in 1st Test in Brisbane; dropped to 12th man for 2nd Test
  • 1929-01-03 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman follows up a 1st innings of 79 to score 112 in 3rd Test v England in Melbourne; his 1st of 29 Test centuries
  • 1929-01-25 Future Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scores an unbeaten 340 for NSW v Victoria (488 mins, 38 fours); then highest individual score in a Sheffield Shield match
  • 1929-03-13 20 year old Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman scores 123 in 5th Test vs England at MCG; his second Test century
  • 1930-01-06 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 452 not out for New South Wales v Queensland in Sydney; then world record individual score in a first-class match; runs scored in 415 minutes
  • 1930-05-01 Cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 236 for Australia v Worcestershire in his first 1st class innings in England

  • 1930-05-05 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores an unbeaten 185 in a tour match for Australia v Leicestershire at Aylestone Road, Leicester
  • 1930-05-24 21 year old Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 252 not out in a tour match for Australia v Surrey at Kennington Oval, London
  • 1930-05-31 Don Bradman batting for Australia v Hampshire at Southampton is 47 not out at stumps, bringing his aggregate to 1,001 runs, the first cricket touring overseas batsman to complete 1,000 runs by end of May
  • 1930-06-01 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman cracks 191 in tour match v Hampshire at Southampton; Bradman smashes 26 fours in 240 minutes
  • 1930-06-17 Continuing a rich vein of form Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 131 in 1st Test v England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
  • 1930-06-30 Australian cricket maestro Don Bradman sets up a 7 wicket victory with a patient 254 in 2nd Test v England at Lord's; 'The Don' hits 25 fours off 376 balls
  • 1930-07-11 21 year old Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman is 105 at lunch, 220 at tea, and 309 at stumps on the first day in 3rd Test vs England at Leeds; goes on to 334
  • 1930-07-12 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman is out for 334 in drawn 3rd Test vs England at Headingley, Leeds; innings 383 minutes, 46 x 4's
  • 1930-08-20 A week before his 22nd birthday Australian cricket's batting genius Don Bradman scores 232 in 5th Test win over England at The Oval in London
  • 1930-12-15 Occasional leg-spin bowler Don Bradman takes his 1st of only 2 Test cricket wickets when he traps West Indian batsman Ivan Barrow lbw for 27 in the 1st Test in Adelaide
  • 1931-01-16 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores 223 v West Indies in 3rd Test in Brisbane; most runs scored by a player in a Test match in Australia in one day
  • 1931-03-04 Don Bradman is bowled for a rare first ball duck by Herman Griffith (4-50) on the last day of 5th cricket Test vs West Indies in Sydney; Windies win by 31 runs but lose series to Australia, 4-1
  • 1931-11-28 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 226 in his first Test appearance v South Africa in 1st Test in Brisbane
  • 1931-12-07 After scoring 226 in 1st Test in Brisbane, Don Bradman belts 219 for NSW against the visiting South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground
  • 1932-02-01 Australian cricket's master batsman Don Bradman scores 299 not out in 10 wicket 4th Test win vs South Africa in Adelaide; runs out of partners going for 300
  • 1932-07-04 Don Bradman scores a North American record 260 v Western Ontario in Guelph during Australian cricket team's Goodwill Tour of North America
  • 1932-07-07 Australian cricket batsman supreme Don Bradman scores a double century during a Goodwill Tour in Montreal, Canada
  • 1932-07-20 An injured Babe Ruth entertains the touring Australian cricketers in his private box at Yankee Stadium as his NY Yankees beat Chicago WS, 7-2; 'The Babe' meets 'The Don' (Don Bradman)
  • 1933-01-02 Don Bradman holds off England's hostile pace bowling to score an unbeaten 103 leading Australia to a 111 run victory in the 2nd 'Bodyline' Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 1933-01-17 Australian cricket batting champion Don Bradman takes only his 2nd Test wicket; bowls England's Walter Hammond for 85 during 338-run 3rd Test defeat in Adelaide

  • 1934-01-26 Australian cricket batting icon Don Bradman scores 128 in just 96 minutes for NSW v Victoria in Sydney; smashes 17 x fours, 4 x sixes
  • 1934-07-23 Australian cricket batting legend Don Bradman completes 304 in drawn 4th Test vs England at Leeds; 430 minutes, 43 x fours, 2 x sixes
  • 1934-08-18 Don Bradman (244) and Bill Ponsford (205 no) put on 451 in world record partnership for Australia on Day 1 of 5th cricket Test win against England at the Oval
  • 1934-09-04 Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman scores 149 not out in just 104 minutes (17 fours, 4 sixes) in drawn tour match v England XI at Folkestone
  • 1935-12-18 Don Bradman scores 117 in his debut Sheffield Shield cricket match for South Australia in an innings & 5 run win over his old team, New South Wales
  • 1936-01-02 Australian master batsman Don Bradman scores 357 (424 minutes, 40 fours) for South Australia v Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match in Melbourne; his 5th 300+ score in first-class cricket
  • 1936-03-02 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman scores 369 in 253 minutes (46 fours, 4 sixes) in South Australia's innings and 349 run win over Tasmania
  • 1936-11-14 More than 21,000 watch Don Bradman score 192 for South Australia v Victoria in a drawn Sheffield Shield match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 1936-12-09 Australia all out for 58 v England, Bradman out for a duck
  • 1936-12-21 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out for 80
  • 1937-01-05 Australian cricket batsmen Jack Fingleton (136) and Don Bradman (out 270 the following day) make then record stand of 346 for 6th wicket in 3rd Test vs England in Melbourne
  • 1937-01-06 Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles
  • 1937-02-03 Don Bradman scores 212 (in 441 minutes!) in 5th cricket test v England
  • 1937-02-27 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes
  • 1938-01-11 Bradman scores a second innings 113 v Qld after a ton in the 1st
  • 1938-04-30 Bradman scores 258 Aust v Worcs, 293 mins, 33 fours 1 five
  • 1938-05-16 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six
  • 1938-05-21 Batsman Don Bradman scores 143 for Australia v Surrey, in 198 mins, with 11 fours
  • 1938-05-27 Cricket batting genius Don Bradman scores 145 not out for Australia v Hampshire at Southampton, completing 1,000 runs before the end of May for the second time, the only touring batsman to England ever to perform the feat
  • 1938-06-14 Bradman scores 144* in 1st Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
  • 1938-06-21 Bradman scores 101* in 77 minutes, Australia v Lancashire
  • 1938-06-28 Bradman scores 102* in drawn 2nd Test cricket at Lord's
  • 1938-07-23 Bradman scores 103 in 178 mins on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test
  • 1938-07-28 Don Bradman scores 202 Australia v Somerset, 225 mins, 32 fours
  • 1939-01-02 Master batsman Don Bradman scores 107 for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against Victoria for his 4th consecutive century in first-class cricket
  • 1939-12-16 Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes
  • 1939-12-30 Bradman scores 267 South Australia v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century
  • 1940-02-13 Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA
  • 1940-12-25 Bradman out 1st ball for South Australia v Victoria before 6213
  • 1945-12-31 Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services

  • 1946-11-13 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI v the MCC
  • 1946-11-30 Bradman scores 187 in 1st Test Cricket v England at the Gabba
  • 1946-12-02 In rain affected 1st Test in Brisbane, Australia compiles 1st innings total 645 on Day 3 v India (Bradman 187, Hassett 128); Australia wins by an innings and 332
  • 1946-12-17 Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wicket stand, score 234 each
  • 1947-02-03 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket
  • 1947-10-25 Bradman scores 156 for South Australia v India, 152 mins, 22 fours
  • 1947-11-08 Bradman scores his 99th 1st-class cricket century, 100 South Australia v Victoria
  • 1947-11-15 Bradman scores his 100th 100, 172 v Indians at the SCG
  • 1947-12-01 In first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 58 by Australia in Brisbane; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 5 for 2 off 2.3 overs; Don Bradman scores 185 as Australia wins by an innings & 226 runs
  • 1948-01-01 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 132 on first day of 3rd Test v India; follows up with 127no in 2nd innings; Australia wins by 233
  • 1948-01-03 Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman completes dual Test centuries (132 & 127* [26th Test 100]) in 3rd Test v India in Melbourne
  • 1948-01-23 Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scores 201 in 4th Test win v India in Adelaide; Sid Barnes 112 and Lindsay Hassett 198no in Australian total 674
  • 1948-02-06 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia
  • 1948-06-12 In his farewell Ashes Tour, Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test against England at Trent Bridge
  • 1948-06-15 In his farewell Ashes Tour, Don Bradman is out for a duck (0) in the Australian 2nd innings, but tourists win 1st Test against England by 8 wickets at Nottingham
  • 1948-07-01 Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scores 128 in 141 mins with 15 fours in a tour match vs Surry
  • 1948-07-27 Bradman's 29th and last Test Cricket century, part of winning 3-404
  • 1948-08-10 Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours
  • 1948-08-14 Australian fast bowler Ray Lindwall takes 6-20 as England dismissed for a record low 52 in 5th cricket Test at the Oval; Don Bradman out for 0 in final Test innings
  • 1948-08-25 Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's
  • 1948-09-01 Australian Test batsmen Don Bradman (143), Lindsay Hassett (151) & Neil Harvey (110) score centuries in Australia's 1st innings of drawn cricket tour match v South of England at Hastings
  • 1948-09-10 Bradman scores 153 in his last 1st-class cricket innings in England
  • 1948-12-03 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 123 for the Bradman XI in his own testimonial match against the Lindsay Hassett's XI in front of 52,360 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 1949-01-01 Arguably cricket's greatest ever batsman, ex-Australian captain Don Bradman is knighted; first time a cricketer is bestowed with the honour solely for his contribution to the game
  • 1949-03-05 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30
  • 1949-03-15 Cricket's master batsman Don Bradman receives his knighthood from the Governor-General of Australia, the Rt Hon. WJ McKell at the investiture in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne
  • 1983-12-29 Indian cricket opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar scores an unbeaten 236 in drawn 6th Test v West Indies at Chennai; his 4th Test double century and 30th century, surpassing Don Bradman's record of 29

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