Jack Hobbs, Surrey, Eng (1905-1934) - Autograph - 197 First Class Centuries In a career that spanned 29 illustrious years
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Jack Hobbs Autograph - 197 First Class Centuries
An excellent example of a Jack Hobbs Autograph this is not laid down it is signed directly onto an album page. The leading scorer in the history of first-class cricket, John Berry Hobbs - the eldest of 12 children - was a classy opener who garnered the nickname 'The Master'. In a career that spanned 29 years with an interruption due to World War I, the Cambridge-born batsman amassed 61,670 runs for Surrey and England. No one has beaten his mark of 197 centuries either and his efforts out in the middle resulted in him becoming the first player to receive a Knighthood. His achievements were quite remarkable considering he played in an age of uncovered pitches and when the domestic structure in England was so very different. His international career saw him play in 61 Tests and tour Australia on no fewer than five occasions. He forged a legendary opening stand with Yorkshire's Herbert Sutcliffe, the pair combining to plunder runs against all opponents. Although known as someone who often perished soon after reaching three figures, Hobbs managed a highest score of 316 - his Test best effort was 211, made against South Africa at Lord's.
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