Don Bradman Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Full NameDonald George Bradman NicknamesThe Don, The Boy from Bowral, Braddles, The White Headley ProfessionFormer Cricketer Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm in meters- 1.73 m in feet inches- 5’ 8” Cricket International DebutTest- 30 November 1928 against England First Class- 1927 for New South Wales against South Australia Cap Number124 Domestic/State TeamNew South Wales (1927-34) South Australia (1935-49) Favourite ShotsPull Shot and Straight Drive Records (main ones)• Highest career batting average (minimum 20 innings): 99.94 • Highest ratio of centuries per innings played: 36.25% (29 centuries from 80 innings) • Highest ratio of double centuries per innings played: 15.0% (12 double centuries from 80 innings) • Highest score by a number 7 batsman: 270 (1936–37) • Most runs against one opponent: 5,028 (v England) • Most runs in one series: 974 (1930) • First batsman in Test history to score 2 triple centuries Awards, Honours, Achievements • The Knight Bachelor (1949) • Companion of the Order of Australia (16 June 1979) Career Turning PointWhen he debuted in First Class cricket at the age of 19 and scored 118 runs. Personal Life Date of Birth27 August 1908 Age (At the time of Death) 92 Years BirthplaceCootamundra, New South Wales, Australia Date of Death25 February 2001 Place of DeathKensington Park, South Australia, Australia Zodiac sign/Sun signVirgo Signature
Some Lesser Known Facts About Don Bradman
Did Don Bradman smoke?: Not Known
Did Don Bradman drink alcohol?: Yes
His great-grandparents were among the first Italians to immigrate to Australia in 1826.
His grandfather, Charles Andrew Bradman was English, who later immigrated to Australia from Wethersfield, a village in England.
Bradman did not receive any coaching. He learned all his cricket skills with the golf ball. For practice, he hit the ball against a curved brick wall, the ball rebounded, again he hit the ball.
In his childhood, he used to play with his uncle, George Whatman, for the local Bowral (A town in Australia) team.
Once, his father took him to the Sydney Cricket Ground to watch the fifth Ashes Test match. On that day, he expressed his wish to his father, “I shall never be satisfied until I play on this ground.”
At the age of 12, when he was in school, he made undefeated 115 for the Bowral Public School against Mittagong High School.
He left his school in 1922 and gave up cricket for Tennis but later in 1925, he resumed.
Don Bradman playing tennis
During 1925-26 season, playing for Bowral, he scored 234 against Wingello and 320 not out against Moss Vale in the Berrima District Competition.
Due to his great performance, Bradman was called up by New South Wales Cricket Association on 5 October 1926.
When he was 19 years old, he debuted his first-class career and scored 118 runs and became 20th Australian to score a maiden century. At that time he was called ‘The boy from Bowral.’
During the Ashes series of 1928-29, when England toured Australia, Bradman drafted into the Australian National Team, but unfortunately, he scored only 18 and 1 in his first test match, Australia lost the match by 675 runs (still a record defeat). Due to his performance, he was dropped for the twelfth player.
Don Bradman in 1928
In the third test match of the 1928-29 Ashes, he was recalled and scored 79 and 112, that made him the youngest player to score a century at that time.
Don Bradman was the youngest Australian to hit a century
After the 1930 Ashes, Bradman became a national hero when he scored 974 runs with an average of 139.14 in the series. He was accorded a warm reception wherever he went.
Don Bradman (second from the right, middle row) with the 1930 team
He was also a good singer, he composed many songs on the piano in the early 1930s, including “Every Day Is A Rainbow Day For Me”, with Jack Lumsdaine.
He married his school sweetheart Jessie Martha Menzies in 1932 at Burwood. He loved her so much. According to Bradman,”Without Jessie, I would never have achieved what I achieved”.
In the fifth test match of the 1934 Ashes series, Bradman and Bill Ponsford made a record partnership of 451 runs, which lasted for more than 57 years until 1991.
Don Bradman and Bill Ponsford
Bradman with his Wm. Sykes bat, in the early 1930s
He suffered his personal disaster while raising his children: his first son died as an infant in 1936, his second son had polio, his daughter suffered cerebral palsy from birth.
On 28 June 1940, during the Second World War, Bradman joined the ‘Royal Australian Airforce.’ But, later in 1941, he was declared invalid for the service as he lost the sensation in his right index finger and thumb.
He was 21st Australian test captain.
Don Bradman walks out to bat
Bradman was never stumped in test matches.
In the 1948 Ashes, at the last match of his career, he got out at Zero.
Bradman got out at zero at his last inning
In 1949, Bradman was Knighted for his service to Cricket. He is only Australian sportsman to achieve this feat.
After retirement, Bradman used to be an umpire for South Australian Grade cricket matches.
In 1950, his memoir “Farewell to Cricket” was published. The same year, he accepted the offer to write for the “Daily Mail” (A British daily tabloid newspaper).
He had a strained relationship with his son John Bradman, who changed his last name to ‘Bradsen’ in 1972.
In 1976, when he returned to Bowral, a new cricket ground was named in his honour, named “Bradman Oval“.
Bradman Oval was named after Don Bradman
Bradman was a close friend of Rohan Rivett, an Australian journalist, who died of heart attack in 1977.
Rohan Rivett was the friend of Don Bradman
He became reclusive in his later years due to his wife’s ongoing illness. His wife died of cancer in 1997.
His relationship with his son ‘John’ improved, John reverted to using his real surname, ‘Bradman’. After his father’s death in 2001, he became the spokesperson for the family and began to defend the Bradman legacy.
In 2001, then Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, called him the “Greatest Living Australian.”
John Howard praised Don Bradman
In 2001, when he died, the Australian government honoured him minting 20 cents bearing his image.
Image of Don Bradman on 20 cents coin
Bradman has been commemorated in three famous songs from different eras, “Our Don Bradman” (1930s, by Jack O’Hagan), “Bradman” (1980s, by Paul Kelly), and “Sir Don”, (a tribute by John Williamson performed at Bradman’s memorial service)
To celebrate his 100th birth anniversary, on 27 August 2008, the Royal Australian Mint issued a $5 commemorative gold coin with Bradman’s image.
Don Bradman on $5 coin
In 2009, Bradman was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
He has also written several books: How to Play Cricket, Farewell to Cricket, The Art of Cricket, Bradman: The Don Declares, Bradman’s Best.
Bradman’s birthplace at Cootamundra in New South Wales, has now become a museum.
Don Bradman’s House