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Cricket Memorabilia W.G Grace

Posted on October 11, 2011 by Selby There have been 1 comment(s)

Cricket Memorabilia associated with William Gilbert Grace (1848-1915) is a welcome addition to any collection, I am fortunate to have purchased at auction the book Cricket hand signed by Grace this I would regard as one of my most highly prized collectables certainly one of my most expensive purchases of sports memorabilia.

If most people had to name a famous cricketer from the past it is almost certain that they would nominate Grace, who could well be regarded as the most famous amateur cricketer of all time, his image is as easily recognisable and as familiar as any of the famous cricketing drawings .
WGG a right handed all-rounder hailed from a cricketing family his sporting interests included athletics 440 yard hurdling and football. He enrolled at Bristol medical school and qualified as a medical practitioner in 1879 which confirmed his long standing position as an amateur cricketer.
The pavilion at Lords CC in St Johns Wood London is home to the world’s oldest museum of sports memorabilia, whilst the museum contains a wide range of exhibits it is also home to that elusive trophy of cricket “The Ashes”, WGG is well represented by the famous plaster of Paris Bust donated by his widow Agnes in 1919, a number of portraits and other cricket memorabilia.
Indeed anyone who has enjoyed watching cricket at Lords CC most probably entered the ground through the ornamental Grace Gates entrance situated on the St Johns wood road. The gates were erected in 1923 and include the word “the greatest cricketer” in the dedication, what a fitting tribute at the home of cricket.
Grace who originated from Bristol began playing County Cricket for Gloucestershire in 1862. By 1864 he was making appearances at Lords and the Oval, culminating in his First Class debut in 1865 playing for Gentlemen of the South. I have included below a brief précis of his playing career:
His First Class career which began in 1865 continued until 1908 during which he achieved 126 Centuries at an average of just under 40 runs. With the ball 2809 wickets at an average of 18.14, add to that 876 First Class Catches and what a remarkable career he had!!!
In later life he enjoyed participating in Golf, Lawn Tennis and Curling an excellent participant sport which originated in Scotland in the 1600S and could be likened to Bowls or Shuffleboard on ice. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club in the definitive governing body for the game should anyone wishes to pursue this enjoyable game. Curling sports memorabilia is not at all common and would great to exhibit.
Tony Selby
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