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W. G. Grace

Cricketer W. G. Grace

Full Name: William Gilbert "W. G." Grace
Profession: Cricketer


Biography: Regarded as one of the greatest-ever players of cricket, Grace was instrumental in developing the game. He was the dominant cricket figure in his lifetime and left a lasting technical legacy.

Born: July 18, 1848
Birthplace: Downend near Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: October 23, 1915 (aged 67)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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Historical Events

  • 1865-06-22 Acknowledged as 1st Class Cricket debut of Dr W. G. Grace; as a 16 year old he is dismissed for 0 playing for Gentlemen of South v Players of South at Kennington Oval, London
  • 1880-09-06 W. G. Grace scores 152 in debut Test Cricket innings, v Aust The Oval
  • 1886-08-12 W. G. Grace makes his highest Test Cricket score, scoring 170 vs Australia at The Oval
  • 1895-05-17 W. G. Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol
  • 1895-05-30 English cricket icon W. G. Grace scores 169 for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Lord's for his 1,000th first-class run of the season in just 22 days
  • 1899-06-01 English cricket icon W. G. Grace starts 22nd and final Test against Australia at Nottingham; Test debut of Wilfred Rhodes and Victor Trumper
  • 1899-06-03 W. G. Grace's last day of Test cricket aged 50 yrs 320 days
  • 1914-07-25 Last day of club cricket for English legend W. G. Grace at age 66: makes unbeaten 69 runs for Eltham against Grove Park

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