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John Wisden

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John Wisden
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John Wisden (seated left)
in the England team to North America in 1859
Personal information
Full name John Wisden
Born 5 September 1826
Brighton, Sussex, England
Died 5 April 1884 (aged 57)
Westminster, London, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Underarm right arm slow
Role Bowler
Occasional wicket-keeper
Founder of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
Domestic team information
Years Team
1859–1863 Middlesex
1854 Kent
1845–1863 Sussex
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 187
Runs scored 4140
Batting average 14.12
100s/50s 2/9
Top score 148
Balls bowled 24205
Wickets 1109
Bowling average 10.32
5 wickets in innings 111
10 wickets in match 39
Best bowling 10/58
Catches/stumpings 169/1
Source: CricketArchive, 5 April 1884

John Wisden (5 September 1826 – 5 April 1884) was an English cricketer who played 187 first-class cricket matches for three English county cricket teams, Kent, Middlesex and Sussex. He is now best known for launching the eponymous Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 1864, the year after he retired from first-class cricket.

Contents

    • 1 Early life
    • 2 Cricket career
    • 3 Business career and legacy

4 Death

Early life

He was born at Brighton on September 5, 1826. After the death of his father, he went to live with Tom Box under whose guidance Wisden’s cricketing abilities soon developed. He made his debut for Sussex at 18 years of age. Nothing much is known about his early life. He is said to have been very enthusiastic and determined as a child.

Cricket career

Although of moderate height, Wisden was said to be the best all-rounder of his day; he was known as “The Little Wonder”. He made his first-class debut for Sussex in 1846 aged 19 vs MCC taking 6 wickets. Initially a fast round-arm bowler, his pace slowed in later years. While bowling fast, he took on average nearly 10 wickets in every game. In 1850, playing for the South against the North at Lord’s, his off-cutter technique won him 10 wickets in the second innings, all clean bowled (still the only instance of all ten wickets being taken “bowled” in any first-class match). He was no mean batsman either, against Kent at Tunbridge Wells in the same year he made 100 and in 1855 he notched up 148 against Yorkshire.

In all, he took 1,109 first-class wickets with a bowling average of 10.32 He was also a fine batsman (4,140 first-class runs with a batting average of 14.12, an average which was very good for the time).

He played almost all of his cricket in England, but he travelled with a touring team led by George Parr to Canada and the US in 1859, where eight matches in Montreal, Hoboken, Philadelphia, Hamilton and Rochester were won easily. Since 1855 Wisden had been in partnership with Fred Lillywhite, who organised the North American tour. They ran a tobacconist and sports outfitting business in London’s West End, but this did not survive the trip.

Business career and legacy

He began a cricket-equipment business in Leamington Spa in 1850 and, five years later, he opened a ‘cricket and cigar’ shop near Leicester Square in central London. On his retirement from cricket in 1863 at the relatively early age of 37 as a result of rheumatism, Wisden started publishing his annual Cricketers’ Almanack. In retirement he developed his business into a manufacturer and retailer of equipment for many sports, not just cricket. After his death the business grew into a major international sports brand, receiving a Royal Warrant in 1911 as “Athletic Outfitters to the King”. The business went into receivership in 1939, and was acquired in 1943 by the Co-Operative Society who sold it on to Grays of Cambridge in 1970. Grays then ceased to the use Wisden as an equipment brand, but re-established John Wisden & Co as the publisher of the Cricketers’ Almanack. It is now an imprint of Wisden’s owner, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Death

Wisden died of cancer, aged 57, in the flat above his Cranbourn Street shop (next to Leicester Square tube station). He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London. 29 years after his death he was the subject of a “Special Portrait” in the 50th edition of Wisden, replacing the usual Cricketers of the Year feature which was dropped from that 1913 edition. In 1984 a headstone was placed at his grave to mark the centenary of his death.

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London
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John Wisden From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Wisden John Wisden (seated left) in the England team to North America in 1859 Personal information Full name John Wisden Born 5 September 1826 Brighton, Sussex, England Died 5 April 1884 (aged 57) Westminster, London, England Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Batting style Right-handed Bowling style Underarm right arm slow Role Bowler Occasional wicket-keeper Founder of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack Domestic team information Years Team 1859–1863 Middlesex 1854 Kent 1845–1863 Sussex Career statistics Competition First-class Matches 187 Runs scored 4140 Batting average 14.12 100s/50s 2/9 Top score 148 Balls bowled 24205 Wickets 1109 Bowling average 10.32 5...
<h1 id="firstHeading" lang="en">John Wisden</h1> <div id="siteSub">From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia</div> <table cellspacing="3"><caption>John Wisden</caption> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:England_in_North_America_1859.jpg"><img alt="England in North America 1859.jpg" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/84/England_in_North_America_1859.jpg/250px-England_in_North_America_1859.jpg" width="250" height="175" /></a> <div>John Wisden (seated left) in the England team to North America in 1859</div></td> </tr> <tr> <th colspan="2">Personal information</th> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">Full name</th> <td>John Wisden</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">Born</th> <td>5 September 1826 Brighton, Sussex, England</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">Died</th> <td>5 April 1884 (aged 57) Westminster, London, England</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">Height</th> <td>5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">Batting style</th> <td>Right-handed</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">Bowling style</th> <td>Underarm right arm slow</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">Role</th> <td>Bowler Occasional wicket-keeper Founder of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack</td> </tr> <tr> <th colspan="2">Domestic team information</th> </tr> <tr> <th scope="col">Years</th> <th scope="col">Team</th> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">1859–1863</th> <td>Middlesex</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">1854</th> <td>Kent</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">1845–1863</th> <td>Sussex</td> </tr> <tr> <th colspan="2">Career statistics</th> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <table> <tbody> <tr> <th>Competition</th> <th>First-class</th> </tr> <tr> <th>Matches</th> <td>187</td> </tr> <tr> <th>Runs scored</th> <td>4140</td> </tr> <tr> <th>Batting average</th> <td>14.12</td> </tr> <tr> <th>100s/50s</th> <td>2/9</td> </tr> <tr> <th>Top score</th> <td>148</td> </tr> <tr> <th>Balls bowled</th> <td>24205</td> </tr> <tr> <th>Wickets</th> <td>1109</td> </tr> <tr> <th>Bowling average</th> <td>10.32</td> </tr> <tr> <th>5 wickets in innings</th> <td>111</td> </tr> <tr> <th>10 wickets in match</th> <td>39</td> </tr> <tr> <th>Best bowling</th> <td>10/58</td> </tr> <tr> <th>Catches/stumpings</th> <td>169/1</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2">Source: <a href="http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/34/34003/34003.html" rel="nofollow">CricketArchive</a>, 5 April 1884</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <b>John Wisden</b> (5 September 1826 – 5 April 1884) was an English cricketer who played 187 first-class cricket matches for three English county cricket teams, Kent, Middlesex and Sussex. He is now best known for launching the eponymous <i>Wisden Cricketers' Almanack</i> in 1864, the year after he retired from first-class cricket. <div id="toc"> <div id="toctitle"> <h2>Contents</h2> </div> <ul> <ul> <li>1 Early life</li> <li>2 Cricket career</li> <li>3 Business career and legacy</li> </ul> </ul> 4 Death </div> <h2>Early life</h2> He was born at Brighton on September 5, 1826. After the death of his father, he went to live with Tom Box under whose guidance Wisden's cricketing abilities soon developed. He made his debut for Sussex at 18 years of age. Nothing much is known about his early life. He is said to have been very enthusiastic and determined as a child. <h2>Cricket career</h2> Although of moderate height, Wisden was said to be the best all-rounder of his day; he was known as "The Little Wonder". He made his first-class debut for Sussex in 1846 aged 19 vs MCC taking 6 wickets. Initially a fast round-arm bowler, his pace slowed in later years. While bowling fast, he took on average nearly 10 wickets in every game. In 1850, playing for the South against the North at Lord's, his off-cutter technique won him 10 wickets in the second innings, all clean bowled (still the only instance of all ten wickets being taken "bowled" in any first-class match). He was no mean batsman either, against Kent at Tunbridge Wells in the same year he made 100 and in 1855 he notched up 148 against Yorkshire. In all, he took 1,109 first-class wickets with a bowling average of 10.32 He was also a fine batsman (4,140 first-class runs with a batting average of 14.12, an average which was very good for the time). He played almost all of his cricket in England, but he travelled with a touring team led by George Parr to Canada and the US in 1859, where eight matches in Montreal, Hoboken, Philadelphia, Hamilton and Rochester were won easily. Since 1855 Wisden had been in partnership with Fred Lillywhite, who organised the North American tour. They ran a tobacconist and sports outfitting business in London's West End, but this did not survive the trip. <h2>Business career and legacy</h2> He began a cricket-equipment business in Leamington Spa in 1850 and, five years later, he opened a 'cricket and cigar' shop near Leicester Square in central London. On his retirement from cricket in 1863 at the relatively early age of 37 as a result of rheumatism, Wisden started publishing his annual Cricketers' Almanack. In retirement he developed his business into a manufacturer and retailer of equipment for many sports, not just cricket. After his death the business grew into a major international sports brand, receiving a Royal Warrant in 1911 as "Athletic Outfitters to the King". The business went into receivership in 1939, and was acquired in 1943 by the Co-Operative Society who sold it on to Grays of Cambridge in 1970. Grays then ceased to the use Wisden as an equipment brand, but re-established John Wisden & Co as the publisher of the Cricketers' Almanack. It is now an imprint of Wisden's owner, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. <h2>Death</h2> Wisden died of cancer, aged 57, in the flat above his Cranbourn Street shop (next to Leicester Square tube station). He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London. 29 years after his death he was the subject of a "Special Portrait" in the 50th edition of Wisden, replacing the usual Cricketers of the Year feature which was dropped from that 1913 edition. In 1984 a headstone was placed at his grave to mark the centenary of his death. <div> <div><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/JohnWisdenBrompton01.jpg/300px-JohnWisdenBrompton01.jpg" width="300" height="225" /> <div>Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London</div> </div> </div>