June 23, 1916
Cricketing Huttons welcome Leonard
Is born at Fulneck, one mile from the market town of Pudsey in Leeds. His father is a good club cricketer, and his three elder brothers real cricket enthusiasts.
On the right track
At the age of 12, Hutton joins Pudsey St Lawrence, a club famous for having provided such stalwarts as John Tunnicliffe, Major Booth and Herbert Sutcliffe. Soon he gets into the first team, and the club President - R Ingram, a member of the Yorkshire Committee - places Hutton's name before the county officials. Hutton is watched in the nets by George Hirst and from that day, Yorkshire keep him under observation.
After a season of 699 runs with the minor counties, gets his first-class debut at the age of 17. Announces himself to the country with 196 against Worcestershire
. Apart from that century, he scores five half-centuries in his first season.
Back with a bang
After a year out with illness, Hutton scores 1000 runs in a season for the first time, often having to bat on rain-affected pitches in that vile summer. He is also criticised for being too defensive - a price, perhaps, for the great expectations there are of him.
The genius shines through
June 26-29, 1937
Hutton's 0 and 1 on debut, against New Zealand
, make his greatness-to-poor-debut ratio one of the highest. He balances it out with a hundred in his second Test
as England win by 130 runs.
August 20-24, 1938
Top of the world
In only his sixth Test
he breaks the record for the highest Test score, held by his captain Wally Hammond, with 364 against Australia. Hammond apparently doesn't declare until he is assured that an injured Don Bradman, the previous holder of the record, won't be able to bat. England win the timeless Test by an innings and 579 runs.
The cruelty of war
The World War is harsher on Hutton than other sportsmen of the era. Injures his left arm so badly in a gym during commando training that three bone grafts are needed to repair the damage. Is in hospital for eight months, and when he emerges his left arm is some three inches shorter than the other.
Sets about restoring strength to his injured arm, and by 1943 he is making plenty of runs in the Bradford League. Many argued he was not quite the same player ever again - having lost the hook and the pull.
Dropped and back
In the middle of the Australian visit, the selectors leave him out him after he looks in some discomfort against Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller at Lord's
. Restored for Headingley
, he has the last laugh, finishing the series with scores of 81, 57, 30 (out of 52) and 64.
Hutton scores 2000 runs in every season from 1947 to 1953, but excels himself in the summer of 1949. His total of 3429 runs, including 12 hundreds, is then the fourth-highest aggregate. Passes 1000 runs in two separate months, breaking the record for a single month with 1294 in June.
1950 and 1951
Carrying the bat twice
With many stalwarts either gone or past their prime, Hutton has to carry England's batting alone in the post-war years. At The Oval
against West Indies in 1950, he scores 202 not out out of 344, and in Adelaide
the following year, 156 not out out of 272. England lose both matches by large margins.
July 14-17, 1951
Hundred times hundred
Playing against Surrey
, Hutton gets to 100 first-class hundreds, in 619 innings, making it then the lowest ratio for an Englishman.
June 5, 1952
Captain and professional
When he walks out for the toss against India, Hutton becomes England's first regular professional captain. Under him, England beat India 3-0, regain the Ashes in 1953 in an absorbing low-scoring series, draw 2-2 while touring West Indies in 1953-54, and then retain the Ashes in Australia in some style, winning 3-1 in 1954-55.
Anthony Asquith's 1953 film, The Final Test, features several of the heroes of the Ashes win - including Denis Compton, Alec Bedser, Godfrey Evans and Jim Laker - but none of them has as much screen time as their captain. He deals with his lines impressively.
Health catches up
Declines the offer of the captaincy for all five Tests against South Africa in 1955, owing to continued ill health, and early in 1956 announces his retirement.
Arise, Sir Leonard
A year after being made an honorary member of the MCC while still playing the game, Hutton receives a knighthood for his service to the game.
Serves as an England selector for two years.
September 6, 1990
Rest in peace
Months after having accepted the Yorshire presidency, Hutton dies, aged 74, in a hospital at Kingston-upon-Thames.