Sir John Berry Hobbs, always known as Jack Hobbs, was an English professional cricketer who played for Surrey from 1905 to 1934 and for England in 61 Test matches between 1908 and 1930. Known as "The Master", he is regarded by critics as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century-maker in first-class cricket, with 61,760 runs and 199 centuries. A right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler, Hobbs also excelled as a fielder, particularly in the position of cover point. Born into poverty in 1882, Hobbs wished from an early age to pursue a career in cricket. His early batting was undistinguished, but a sudden improvement in 1901 brought him to the attention of local teams. In 1903 he successfully applied to join Surrey, with the support of England batsman Tom Hayward. His reputation grew and when he qualified to play for Surrey, he scored 88 on his first-class debut and a century in his next game.
|Full name:||John Berry Hobbs|
|Born:||December 16, 1882, Cambridge, England|
|Died:||December 21, 1963, Hove, East Sussex, England|
|Bowling style:||Right-arm medium pace|
About Jack Hobbs
Professional cricket player for nearly thirty years, considered one of the greatest to ever play the game.
He was an errand boy before getting help from his father and becoming a college servant.
He inherited a love of cricket from his father, and spent most of his childhood playing it.
He married Ada Ellen Gates in September of 1906. He had four children: Leonard, Ivor, Vera and Jack Jr.
He and Edmund Hillary are among only about a dozen sports people that have been knighted.
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