Biography of W.G. Grace
W.G. Grace was a famous nineteenth century cricketer as well as being a qualified doctor.
When and Where was he Born?
18th July 1848. North Street, Downend, (Near Bristol) Gloucestershire, England.
William Gilbert Grace was one of five brothers of a surgeon.
Trained as a doctor.
Timeline of W.G. Grace:
Grace is considered to be the first truly great cricketer of modern times and eventually became a national hero.
1865: Maiden appearance in the Gentlemen versus Players match.
1869: Grace becomes a Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.
1870: He begins playing first class cricket for Gloucestershire.
1871: W.G. Grace scored 2,739 runs in the season.
1873: He marries Agnes Nicholls Day.
1876: He scores 344 runs in one innings for the Marylebone Cricket Club.
1879: He takes his medical degree and opens a Practice in Bristol but still continues to play cricket.
1880: Grace is a member of the England side against Australia, captained by Lord Harris.
1882: He plays in the England side captained by A.N. Hornby.
1895: He achieves his 120 first Class centuries.
1899: He leaves Gloucestershire Cricket Club.
1908: Grace finishes playing first class cricket at the age of 60 by which time he had scored 126 Centuries, a total of 54,896 runs, had taken 2,864 wickets and played in 22 Test Series.
When and Where did he Die?
23rd October 1915. London, England after a cerebral haemorrhage.
Age at Death:
1873 to Agnes Nicholls Day.
Site of Grave:
Beckenham Cemetery, Elmes End Road, Beckenham, Kent.
Places of Interest:
Lord’s Cricket Ground.