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Cricket Records: Len Hutton’s 364 in 1938

31st August 2016

Cricket records were smashed yesterday at Trent Bridge. England’s 444-3  against Pakistan.was the highest ever ODI team total. Alex Hales achieved his record-breaking ODI score of 171 at his home ground. Joss Buttler hit England’s fastest ODI 50 (off 22 balls). Although the game seemed to go all England’s way, Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir broke an impressive […]

The Olympics and Pele

4th August 2016

Who will light the flame at the Olympics in Brazil tomorrow? The big money is on the ‘King of Football’, possibly Brazil’s greatest national treasure, Pelé. The International Olympics Committee has already, and quite rightly, honoured Pelé  twice this year. In June Thomas Bach, IOC president, awarded Pelé the Medal of the Olympic Order, the […]

Sportspages and John Gaustad

3rd August 2016

We were very sad to learn belatedly of the death of John Gaustad in June this year. John Gaustad was the visionary bookseller, who set up a treasure trove of sports books in Caxton Walk, off Charing Cross Road in London. It became a legendary book shop for sports fans, especially football fans. Gastaud called it […]

Wisden

Wisden

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack is the longest-running, continuously published sporting handbook in the world and a full set is the Holy Grail for cricket collectors.

A new edition of Wisden has been published every year since 1864. The first edition was priced at one shilling. It ran to only 112 pages and was padded out with several items completely unrelated to cricket, including dates of battles in the English Civil War, the winners of The Oaks, and the rules of quoiting! The instantly recognisable woodcut image on the front of many a Wisden Cricketer's Almanack of two Victorian gentlemen playing cricket in top hats was introduced on the front of Wisdens in 1938. The woodcut was made by Eric Ravilious, a well-known artist of the time, who was killed in World War II four years later. The iconic yellow cover was first introduced in the same year, 1938 on the 75th edition.

There are many stand-out editions of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, including 1916 and its obituaries of WG Grace and Trumper; 1949, detailing the Australian 'Invincibles' tour under Don Bradman and the 1963 Centenary Edition, which tells the story of how John Wisden started his Almanack. Other notable editions, include the 1875 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, which is extremely rare and so similarly sought after; and 1896, the year of the first hardback Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

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