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Sir Jack Hobbs

Cricket player Sir Jack Hobbs

Full Name: John Berry Hobbs
Profession: Cricket player


Biography: Jack Hobbs is regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history.

He is the leading run-scorer and century-maker in first-class cricket with 61,760 runs and 199 centuries playing county cricket for Surry 1905-1934 and in 61 Tests for England 1908-1930.

In Test cricket, Hobbs scored 5,410 runs with an outstanding batting average of 56.94 including 15 centuries, 28 fifties and a top score of 211.

After a long and distinguished first class playing career he worked in journalism and in 1953 he became the first professional cricketer to be knighted.

Born: December 16, 1882
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: December 21, 1963 (aged 81)

Historical Events

  • 1905-04-24 First-class cricket debut of Sir Jack Hobbs, "The Master" for Surrey v the "Gentlemen of England" (18 & 88)

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