|Don Bradman Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||August 27, 1908|
|Spouse||Jessie Martha Menzies|
Don Bradman was an Australian cricketer and actor, generally regarded as the greatest batsman of all time. He played Test cricket for 20 years and retired in 1948. He scored 6996 runs in 52 Test matches and had a batting average of 99.94. This average was cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport, derived from the research done by a statistician named Charles Davis.
Donald George Bradman
The Don, Braddles, The Boy from Bowral, The White Headley
Don Bradman was born on August 27, 1908.
Don Bradman died on February 25, 2001, aged 92, at his home in Kensington Park, South Australia, Australia, after his health worsened following hospitalization with pneumonia in December 2000.
Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
He attended Bowral Public School in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia.
After graduating, he enrolled in Bowral High School in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia.
- Father – George Bradman
- Mother – Emily (née Whatman) Bradman
- Siblings – Elizabeth May Bradman (Sister), Lilian Bradman (Sister), Islet Bradman (Sister), Victor Bradman (Brother)
- Others – Paul Bradman (Nephew), Charles Andrew Bradman (Paternal Grandfather)
Right-Arm Leg Break
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Don Bradman had dated –
- Jessie Martha Menzies (1920-1997) – He met Jessie when she moved to attend a school in Bowral, New South Wales, in 1920. They married at St Paul’s Anglican Church at Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales. The couple had 3 children, the 1st of which died as an infant in 1936. Their 2nd child, John Bradman, born in 1939, contracted polio disease, and their daughter, Shirley Bradman, born in 1941, suffered from cerebral palsy from birth. Don’s relationship with his son was strained and he legally changed his name to John Bradsen in 1972. After the death of Jessie in 1997 from cancer at the age of 88, Don and John reconciled, and John changed his last name back to Bradman. Don had 3 grandchildren through his son, named Nicholas, Greta, and Tom.
Race / Ethnicity
He was of English descent on both his maternal and paternal side.
- Dimpled smile
- Dimpled chin
Don Bradman Facts
- The story of his beginnings is considered a part of Australian folklore. He invented his own cricket game, using a golf ball and a cricket stump as a replacement for a bat. He would use a water tank behind his family home to throw the ball that would rebound at different speeds and angles, and try to hit it again.
- People coined the term “Bradmanesque” for outstanding excellence, used even outside of cricket.
- Queen Elizabeth II awarded Don with Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), on June 16, 1979, giving him the right to carry the title of “Sir” in front of his name.
- Don considered trademarking his name in 1991 to prevent abuse. When he tried, he found out it was already registered for use on a beer bottle. After he died, his organization, Bradman Foundation, which had a license for his name, sold it to a biscuit company, Unibic.
- His son stated that Don would not have approved Bradman Foundation drawing money from federal funding to become the International Cricket Hall of Fame. Don always wanted his Bradman Museum to be a small entity for devoted fans to visit.
- His batting average was 100 but in his last Test match against England on August 14, 1948, he got out on 0, so his final batting average before retiring dropped to 99.94.
- Don scored 29 centuries in 80 Test innings, which was a rate of more than 1 century every 3 innings. Only 11 players managed to pass his total, albeit no one at such a rapid rate. The next fastest player was Sachin Tendulkar, for whom it took 148 innings to reach 29 centuries.
- A statistician named Charles Davis made an analysis of several best sportsmen in all major sports. He compared the number of standard deviations that stood above the average for athlete’s given sport. Charles concluded that “no other athlete dominates an international sport to the extent that Bradman does cricket.”
- On the anniversary of is birth, on August 27, 2008, Australia’s government released a postal stamp in his honor.
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