Dr W.G. Grace.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1st May, 1891. Published by Messrs Mawson, Swan & Morgan Ltd., 11, Grainger Street West. Printed in Berlin
Photogravure. 460 x 575mm.
Dr. William Gilbert Grace transformed the game of cricket during his lifetime and much of his career was spent playing for Gloucestershire. He was born in Bristol and has played on many of the grounds in the area. He started playing when he was just 16 in 1864 and played his final first class match in 1908. The doctor from Downend scored 54,896 runs at an average of 39.55. He is still the 5th highest scoring player of all time. He wasn't just a batsman thought. He took 2876 wickets at an average of 17.92 - the 6th highest wicket taker of all time. On two occasions (1873, 1876) he scored 2000 runs and took 100 wickets in one season. He also make 887 catches which is still the second highest number of catches taken by anyone in their career. All of this was done in 43 years between 1865 and 1908 when he eventually retired aged 59. At the Oval in 1878 he once threw a cricket ball over 116 yards (106m) three times with the wind and over 100 yards back in the other direction.
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