Jack Hobbs

Born Dec 16, 1882

Sir John Berry "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", Hobbs 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.… Read More

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Hobbs was born in Cambridge on 16 December 1882, the first of 12 children to John Cooper Hobbs, a slater, and his wife Flora Matilda Berry. … Read More
1889 6 Years Old Hobbs senior, a lover of cricket, changed his career to become a professional cricketer, and in 1889 was appointed groundsman and umpire at Jesus College.
1891 8 Years Old From an early age, Hobbs played cricket whenever he could. His first games were played in the streets near his house. He was educated at a primary school affiliated with his local Anglican church, St Matthew's, and moved in 1891 to York Street Boys' School, a fee-paying establishment; Hobbs later admitted to being a poor scholar but was successful at sports. … Read More


1895 12 Years Old On leaving school in 1895, he worked as an errand boy until his father's connections at the university secured him a summer job as a college servant, chiefly assisting the cricket team. … Read More
1901 18 Years Old Hobbs' breakthrough came in 1901. … Read More
Early in 1902, Hobbs was appointed as assistant to the professional cricket coach at Bedford School, working as a groundsman and bowling in the nets. … Read More


1903 - 1905 4 More Events
After a winter of practice, Hobbs displayed greater consistency in 1906. … Read More
1907 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Hobbs made further advances in 1907. … Read More
Over the following seasons, he established himself as a successful county player and in 1908 made his Test debut for England, scoring 83 in his first innings. … Read More
1909 - 1910 4 More Events
1911 28 Years Old 1 More Event
More effective during 1911, after a long rest during the winter, Hobbs was consistently successful in a hot, dry summer which produced good batting pitches. … Read More


1913 30 Years Old In 1913, batting in a more controlled fashion, Hobbs scored 2,605 runs at an average of 50.09, placing him second in the national averages. … Read More
In county cricket, he developed an attacking, dynamic style of play and was very successful up until 1914. … Read More
1915 32 Years Old 1 More Event
From March 1915 he found extra work as coach at Westminster School, and in May began to play on Saturdays as a professional for Idle in the Bradford Cricket League. … Read More
1916 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He continued to play for Idle in 1916, and was more successful, scoring 790 runs at 52.60 and taking 65 wickets at 6.27. … Read More
1917 - 1918 2 More Events
He was demobilised in February 1919.
1920 37 Years Old 1 More Event
After a winter working in his shop, his good form continued into 1920. … Read More
1921 38 Years Old Hobbs played just five first-class matches in 1921, when Australia toured England. … Read More
1922 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Hobbs returned to cricket in 1922 and batted effectively throughout the first months of the season, scoring 10 first-class centuries in total. … Read More


1923 40 Years Old Less successful during the wet 1923 season, Hobbs failed on many occasions and was unsuccessful in both Gentlemen v Players games. … Read More
Hobbs signed a new contract worth £440 a season before the 1924 season. … Read More
1925 - 1929 6 More Events
Hobbs began 1930 in good form, and, with Rhodes, was added to the selection panel again for the Ashes series that season. … Read More
1931 48 Years Old Despite using a more limited batting technique, Hobbs remained successful in 1931. … Read More
1932 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1932, despite missing several matches owing to injuries and fatigue, he scored 1,764 runs at 56.90, including centuries in each innings against Essex. … Read More


1933 50 Years Old In 1933, playing less frequently, he scored 1,105 runs at 61.38, aged 50. … Read More
1934 51 Years Old In 1934, he scored 624 runs at 36.70. … Read More
1935 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Hobbs realised his career was over: in February 1935, he announced his retirement. … Read More
1936 53 Years Old …  He accompanied the MCC team to Australia in 1936–37 and published four books which sold well in the 1930s. … Read More


1946 63 Years Old During the Second World War, Hobbs served in the Home Guard at New Malden. In 1946, Hobbs became the first professional to be elected to the Surrey committee. … Read More
1953 70 Years Old In 1953, Hobbs was knighted, the first professional cricketer to be so honoured. … Read More
For much of Hobbs' career, critics judged him to be the best batsman in the world. E. W. Swanton described him in 1963 as "a supreme master of his craft, and the undisputed head of his profession". … Read More
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