Fred Trueman      

Full name Frederick Sewards Trueman

Born February 6, 1931, Stainton, Yorkshire

Died July 1, 2006, Airedale General Hospital, Keighley, Yorkshire (aged 75 years 145 days)

Major teams England, Derbyshire, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Commentator, Journalist, Author

Frederick Sewards Trueman
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 67 85 14 981 39* 13.81 0 0 25 64 0
First-class 603 713 120 9231 104 15.56 3 26 439 0
List A 18 14 2 156 28 13.00 0 0 5 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 67 127 15178 6625 307 8/31 12/119 21.57 2.61 49.4 19 17 3
First-class 603 99701 42154 2304 8/28 18.29 2.53 43.2 126 25
List A 18 986 507 28 6/15 6/15 18.10 3.08 35.2 1 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Leeds, Jun 5-9, 1952 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 17-22, 1965 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1949 - 1969
List A span 1963 - 1972

A classical easy action, a mop of unruly jet-black hair and a menacing scowl were the trademarks of Freddie Trueman, the Yorkshire fast bowler who was the first man from any country to take 300 Test wickets, a landmark he reached at The Oval in 1964. Since then many have gone past his overall figure of 307, but few have matched his average (21.57) and strike rate (a wicket every 49 balls). Trueman's tally might have been nearer 400 if he hadn't missed numerous matches and tours because of various disciplinary breaches, some true, some imagined - he was once hauled before the Yorkshire committee for some misdemeanour, and escaped punishment by pointing out that he was 200 miles away playing for England at the time. But on his day Trueman was fast and frightening: in his first Test series, in 1952, he helped reduce India to 0 for 4 on his debut, and took 8 for 31 - the best Test bowling figures by a genuinely fast bowler at the time - in the third match. In the second half of the '50s he formed an incisive new-ball pairing with Brian Statham, the legendarily accurate loose-limbed Lancastrian, who raced him neck-and-neck to the 250-wicket mark. By then "Fiery Fred" had great control of swing, and had some claim to being, as he only half-jokingly suggested to John Arlott as the title of his planned biography, "T'Greatest Fast Bowler Who Ever Drew Breath". Trueman relished Yorkshire's dominance in the 1960s, and retired after their sixth title in the decade, in 1968, a season he also led them to victory over the touring Australians. He tried a one-day comeback with Derbyshire, which was not a great success. A natural raconteur whose stories grew taller with every telling, he was a radio summariser for the BBC's Test Match Special commentary team for many years. His catchphrase became "I just don't know what's going off out there", and eventually his role as the curmudgeonly Tyke (he once observed that Ian Botham "couldn't bowl a hoop downhill") began to pall and he found himself - to his disgust - dropped once again.
Steven Lynch

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Jun 3, 2019

Fred Trueman performs at Club Fiesta, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England, Fev 02, 1969

Fred Trueman performs at Club Fiesta

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Cover image of <i>Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography</i> by Chris Waters

Cover image of Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography by Chris Waters

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Feb 10, 2010

Veronica Trueman and Dickie Bird during the launch of the Copper Dragon's Trueman Ale, Skipton, February 10, 2010

Veronica Trueman and Dickie Bird during the launch of the Copper Dragon's Trueman Ale

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1953