Sir Donald George Bradman

Bradman, Sir Donald George, 1908–2001, Australian cricketeer, widely considered the sport's greatest player and one of the world's most outstanding athletes, b. Cootamundra. His 20-year-long cricket career began in 1928, when he joined the Australian national team. Bradman was probably Australia's greatest sports hero during the 1930s and 40s, setting many records and dominating the cricket by enormous margins. His career batting average was 99.94 runs per inning, which even today remains 30 runs higher than his nearest competitor. He was knighted in 1949.

See his autobiography (1930) and memoir (1950), his How to Play Cricket (film, 1931; book, 1935), The Art of Cricket (1958, repr. 2000), and The Bradman Albums (1987); biographies by A. G. Moyes (1948), M. Page (1983), and C. Williams (1996); E. Morris, Bradman: What They Said about Him (1994).

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