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Frank Pitcher      

Full name Franklyn Joseph Pitcher

Born June 24, 1879, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria

Died January 23, 1921, Northcote, Victoria (aged 41 years 213 days)

Major teams Victoria

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 1 2 0 18 18 9.00 0 0 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 1 11 0 - - - - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1910/11 - 1910/11

Frank Pitcher holds a unique, if unwelcome, place in cricket history as the only man to be no-balled for throwing on his first-class debut. In was also his only appearance. A right-arm medium-pace bowler, he was picked to play for Victoria against the South Africans at the MCG. His first three deliveries were called three times by the notorious campaigner against chuckers, Bob Crockett, and, clearly shaken, he was immediately taken off. The next day he was called by Crockett's colleague, and the Melbourne Age backed the decision, referring to "an undeniable throw". Pitcher attempted to change his action with no success and he was again taken out of the attack after the over. Those two wretched but historic overs constituted his entire first-class career. Pitcher continued to play grade cricket without incident up to the Great War.
Martin Williamson