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Old 05-23-2017, 02:17 PM
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Carr's Dictionary of Extraordinary Cricketers

I just found a copy of this book.

Mr H. Bagshawe, d. 1902, asked that his umpire's coat, containing six pebbles, should be his shroud.
It's the smallest book I've ever held.

Max Beerbohm, b. 1872, a much admired Edwardian writer who subscrived a shilling to W. G. Grace's Testimonial 'not in support of cricket but as an earnest protest against golf.'
It's smaller than a sheet of toilet paper, and barely thicker.

Richard Daft, Notts, b. 1831, was the last practitioner of the underleg stroke and the art died with him.
Just a few pages of bizarrery.

C. B. Fry, Hants., b 1872, held the world's long-jump record, played in an F. A. Cup Final, headed the England batting averages in 6 seasons and was a notable classical scholar. At the Treaty of Versailles it was sensibly proposed that he be crowned King of Albania, a blessing denied that unhappy land which, instead, inherited a family called Zog and, later, went Maoist.
It's a very old game.

Horace, c.1890, a horse of such exquisite sensibility that, when Fred Morley, the invariable Notts last man, left the Trent Bridge pavilion, it sidled unobtrusively toward the roller.