Posted by anccricket on October 19, 2008 at 10:40 AM
Full name John Berry Hobbs
Born December 16, 1882, Cambridge
Died December 21, 1963, Hove, Sussex (aged 81 years 5 days)
Major teams England, Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram's XI, Surrey
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Jack Hobbs was cricket's most prolific batsman. He finished with 61,237 first-class runs and 197 centuries*, most of them stylishly made from the top of the Surrey or England batting orders. And he might have scored many more had the Great War not intervened, or if he hadn't been inclined to get out shortly after reaching 100 to let someone else have a go. Hobbs was known as "The Master", and scored consistently throughout a long career that didn't end till he was past 50. Half his hundreds came when he was over 40, and he remains, at 46 in 1928-29, the oldest man to score a Test century. His opening partnerships with Yorkshire's Herbert Sutcliffe are part of the game's rich folklore. Hobbs was also a charming man, and the world of cricket rejoiced in 1953 when he became the first professional cricketer to be knighted.