Sir Don! Bradman”s 100th birthday
And quiet scored the Sir Don
Apologies for stating some oft-repeated facts, but the fact of the matter is we”re hard-pressed to avoid them.
Bradman played for
During his illustrious career, besides scoring 29 centuries,
he survived the Bodyline series in 1932-33 and returned to captain the “Invincibles” after the second World War (1948).
In his final innings, he was dismissed for a duck by English spinner Eric Hollies and,thus, was denied a career average of 100 by just four runs.
The Don was disappointed but understanding.
“I”m very sorry I made a duck,” he said. “I”d have been glad if I”d made those four extra runs to have an average of 100.
I didn”t know it at the time and I don”t think the Englishmen knew it either.
I think if they had known it they may have been generous enough to let me get four.”
After a stupendous innings on the field, Bradman braced for another off it.
And he excelled in that too. And, by that, we imply, as a selector and administrator.
He was, without doubt, the first global figure from Down Under.
The impact he had on Australians, in particular, and the world
in general, is something that is difficult to describe in mere words.
At a public gathering in 1948, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill spotted Don and is believed to have said,
“Isn”t that Don Bradman over there? I would like to be introduced.”
There”s another instance where his son, John, in a bid to avoid the limelight, changed hissurname from Bradman to Bradsen for some time.
Happy birthday, Sir Don!