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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 03:01 pm

The great Yorkshire and England fast bowler Fred Trueman has died at 75. He’d been diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

Trueman—the first player to claim 300 Test wickets—and scholarly fast-bowling partner Frank Tyson crushed Australia in the Ashes series of 1954/5. He was one of cricket’s most beloved figures.

CORRECTION. As Tim Curtin points out: “It was Statham not Trueman who partnered Tyson on the 54/55 tour.” Which is just as well, because the result would have been even worse than a 3-1 defeat. Trueman was a member of the 58/9 touring team.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/01/2006 at 03:01 PM
    1. Whew.  I always feared the old bugger would make a comeback.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 07 01 at 03:29 PM • permalink


    1. OT

      The good news-the Renaldonadodingdong people are behind.
      The bad news-France is ahead!

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 07 01 at 04:48 PM • permalink


    1. At the age of 75, Trueman set a further rcord by having lived long enough to play in three complete games of cricket…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 07 01 at 04:51 PM • permalink


    1. #3 richard mcenroe.
      Watch it, mate.  You are talking about the King of Sports and a Cavalier Prince thereof.
      We’re royalists here.
      Besides, now with the 20/20 form of cricket, it’s far more exciting than baseball, and much quicker.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 07 01 at 06:42 PM • permalink


    1. RIP fiery Freddy!
      He was a bit unlucky that English cricket was just recovering for most of his career and apart from 54/55 he had to do it tough against some fine Australian batsmen.
      But he was lucky to get out of the game before the West Indians became a force so he never had to be compared head to head with Marshall, Holding, Roberts and others.

      Posted by Rafe on 2006 07 01 at 07:54 PM • permalink


    1. OT (except it’s the first place I ever heard of cricket)—


      sorry I’m late, hope the Prairie Provinces win independence of their own one day)

      Posted by KC on 2006 07 01 at 08:45 PM • permalink


    1. I appreciated all these comments about our Fred, but it was Statham not Trueman who partnered Tyson on the 54/55 tour; Fred had allegedly misbehaved on the West Indies tour the previous year and when he did get to Australia in 58/59 he was not quite the force he had been, and only played in 3 of the Tests, though he still had some great days left at home as in 1961.

      Posted by Tim Curtin on 2006 07 01 at 09:30 PM • permalink


    1. Was it Fred who after getting knocked back on three plum lbw’s took the batsman’s middle stump and turned to the umpire with: “EE, that were close!”?

      Posted by slatts on 2006 07 01 at 10:05 PM • permalink


    1. slatts – yes it was, but I think story goes that he turned to the umpire and said, “Well that must be f*cking close”.

      As a kid (still dates me though), I saw Trueman bowl in the Adelaide oval tests in 1959 and 1961. Colin MacDonald made a big ton in the first and Havey, O’Neill and Barrington in the second. I still have the score cards I scored them on. Tyson played in the first and I think Ray Lindwall achieved the Australian record for wickets in that one as well. Then 230 odd.

      Statham was a very accurate bowler and Trueman was the opposite. Hair flopping everywhere as he ran in, sprayed most of them all over the place and then bowled the unplayable ball.

      A real character, lots of banter with the crowd when fielding. As said above, RIP fiery Fred.

      Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 07 01 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. Havey? That would be Harvey – sorry Neil

      Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 07 01 at 11:32 PM • permalink


    1. What a cracking player. His catchphrase was “I just don’t know what’s going to come out of there”. However, he must have known something, as he took 307 wickets at a miserly 21.57 with a wicket every 49 balls.

      Check out some classic quotes and stories from Fred, Portrait of a Fast Bowler.

      Posted by Jack Lacton on 2006 07 02 at 12:11 AM • permalink


    1. Fred Trueman, fielding close to the player’s gate at the SCG, observed the incoming Aussie batsman closing the gate behind him as he stepped onto the field.
      “Don’t bother shutting the gate, son, you won’t be out there long!”

      Anyone who saw Fiery Freddy bowl will remember his unruly black hair flopping all over the place, and his wildly unpredicable line and length, not seen again until Jeff Thompson’s time.

      Vale, Fred.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 07 02 at 02:20 AM • permalink


    1. O/T

      Let’s end the misery now:,10117,19658146-38876,00.html

      Posted by cjblair on 2006 07 02 at 02:23 AM • permalink


    1. He will be having a pint of the best in cricket heaven.

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 07 02 at 04:38 AM • permalink


    1. On Statham and Trueman, the Sunday Times reports that `In fact Trueman did receive an OBE from Margaret Thatcher in 1989 for charity work, which included raising £60,000 for Statham who had suffered ill- health and fallen on hard times.’

      I think Trueman used to describe himself as a gin-and-tonic man rather than a beer-drinker, but may he enjoy whatever ambrosia comes his way.

      Posted by Andrew R on 2006 07 02 at 05:43 AM • permalink


    1. was it Freddie who said that his definition of a gentleman was a man who got out of the bath to have a pee.
      Which reminds me that F. Truman was the last man to captain the Players against the Gents.

      Posted by Mike.A. on 2006 07 02 at 04:19 PM • permalink


    1. He also said famously of the last captain of the Gents, the future Lord Sheppard, Bishop of Liverpool, `Pity the Reverend did not get his hands together on the field.’

      Posted by Andrew R on 2006 07 02 at 07:56 PM • permalink


    1. At one party a local Sheikh was present and one of the hosts pointed him out and said, “He’s got 196 wives”.
      “Has he?” said Fred. “Does he know that with another four he could have a new ball?”

      Fred was not only quick as a bowler.

      He had the British [Yorkshire, to him] comic genius.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 07 02 at 08:55 PM • permalink


    1. 9,11,12

      I don’t remember him as a real sprayer, and his average of 21 or so suggests he was tight.  I think he could put ‘em just where he bloody wanted.  Always greatly loved -and respected -in Oz


      Posted by Rod C on 2006 07 03 at 12:54 AM • permalink


    1. I know Fred Trueman was a good to great cricketer, but why on earth would the Toronto based Globe and Mailhave a large obit for him today?

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 07 04 at 10:25 AM • permalink


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