W.G. Grace      

Full name William Gilbert Grace

Born July 18, 1848, Downend, Bristol

Died October 23, 1915, Mottingham, Kent (aged 67 years 97 days)

Major teams England, Gentlemen, Gloucestershire, London County, Marylebone Cricket Club, South of England

Also known as The Doctor, WG, Doc

Batting style Right-hand bat

Relation Brother - EM Grace, Brother - GF Grace, Cousin - WG Rees, Cousin - GHB Gilbert, Cousin - WL Rees, Cousin - WJ Pocock, Cousin - WR Gilbert, Son - WG Grace jnr, Son - CB Grace, Nephew - H Grace, Nephew - NV Grace

In a nutshell Cricket's first big draw in more ways than one, Grace with his towering presence revolutionised batting, brought cricket to a mass audience and transformed cricket in England into the unrivalled spectator sport of the summer More

William Gilbert Grace
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 22 36 2 1098 170 32.29 2 5 1 39 0
First-class 870 1478 104 54211 344 39.45 124 251 876 5
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 22 13 666 236 9 2/12 3/68 26.22 2.12 74.0 0 0 0
First-class 870 124831 50980 2809 10/49 18.14 2.45 44.4 240 64
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at The Oval, Sep 6-8, 1880 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 1-3, 1899 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1865-1908
Profile

It is more than 150 years since WG Grace was born, but there are other ways of measuring how distant he is in time. For one thing, no one still alive, not even Jim Swanton, can remember seeing him play (although in Sort Of A Cricket Person, EWS notes that "I am supposed to have watched [him] from my perambulator on the Forest Hill ground round 1910"). Eight decades have passed since Grace died, yet he dogs us still, demanding our attention at regular intervals.

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David Frith on Grace

Amazing Grace

In the late 1800s, one man was synonymous with cricket, and enchanted all who came to see him bat. Truly was he nearly as big as the game

An early pioneer

Stats analysis

The sheer longevity of WG Grace's career was remarkable, and some of the records he set might never be equalled

Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • Bearded giant (Jul 18, 1998)
    On his 150th birth anniversary, we remember the man who found cricket a country pastime and left it a national institution
  • The legacy of Grace (Dec 19, 2009)
    If not for the good doctor, cricket might have remained a pastime rather than a great international sport
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May 12, 2009

WG Grace's bat up for auction in London, Tuesday May, 12, 2009

WG Grace's bat up for auction

© Associated Press

Apr 28, 1999

Sculpture of WG Grace by Louis Laumen of Fundere Foundries

Sculpture of WG Grace by Louis Laumen of Fundere Foundries

© Unknown

1930

1930s Brylcreem advertisment featuring sportsmen

1930s Brylcreem advertisment featuring sportsmen

© ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1896

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Hampshire at Derby - Apr 20-23
Hampshire 320/8
Durham v Somerset at Chester-le-Street - Apr 20-23
Durham 308 Somerset 119/5
Glamorgan v Gloucs at Cardiff - Apr 20-23
Glamorgan 145
Kent v Leics at Canterbury - Apr 20-23
Leics 86/1
Lancashire v Warwickshire at Manchester - Apr 20-23
Lancashire 247 Warwickshire 144/2
Surrey v Essex at The Oval - Apr 20-23
Essex 73/1
Yorkshire v Northants at Leeds - Apr 20-23
Yorkshire 459/9d
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