Raymond Robertson-Glasgow      

Full name Raymond Charles Robertson-Glasgow

Born July 15, 1901, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Died March 4, 1965, Buckhold, Berkshire (aged 63 years 232 days)

Major teams Oxford University, Somerset

Also known as Crusoe

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Other Journalist, Author

Education Charterhouse; Oxford University

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 144 223 64 2102 80 13.22 0 88 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 144 11959 464 9/38 25.77 28 6
Career statistics
First-class span 1920 - 1937

Everyone who knew R. C. Robertson-Glasgow well will have suffered distress to think that this man of infectious laughter had taken his own life. We had all known for many years that he had suffered from melancholic depression, though this was never apparent on the surface. `Crusoe', as he was universally known (a batsman who lost his wicket to him described the bowler as some bloke called 'Robinson Crusoe', a term of endearment which remained throughout his life), was a man of incessant good humour. I recall with affection an evening I spent with him many years ago at The Castle Hotel, Taunton. It was his birthday and we dined together; this was an auspicious occasion, rather more for me than for Crusoe. I can hear now his laughter and his fund of anecdotes. It was said that when he played for Somerset the Amateurs always took a dictionary to dinner. On average, Crusoe would use three words a night the authenticity of which was challenged by his colleagues. Often they were right as Crusoe loved coining new words. Robertson-Glasgow was born on July 15th, 1901. He was educated at Charterhouse and Oxford, and his cricket career as a fast bowler for the University and for Somerset spanned the years from 1920 to 1935. He subsequently won acclaim for his writings, principally, of course, on cricket, though his horizons were perceptibly wider. He retired from regular cricket writing in 1953, a loss which cricket could ill afford to sustain in an age when pure writing of charm and distinction and humour are subordinated to the needs of the competitive newspaper world. Crusoe saw the best in the game and converted the scene to print with authority, skill, and immense good nature. Many a young and insignificant cricket writer has warmed to Crusoe's kindly attention to him-the world at large was his friend: the cricket world, indeed, will miss this joyous man and colleague.
Gordon Ross, Playfair Cricket Monthly

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May 3, 1922

The Oxford side of 1922. Back: CJ Knott, RC Robertson-Glasgow, BH Lyon, TB Raikes, M Patten. Middle: RL Holdsworth, RH Bettington, GTS Stevens, VR Price, LP Hedges. Front: FH Barnard.

The Oxford side of 1922

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