Wisden was initially published in 1864, the same year that William Gilbert Grace, then age sixteen, made his debut in first-class cricket. The great man made his first appearance in the 1865 edition and two years later Wisden reported his 224 not out against Surrey at The Oval. From then on, W. G. was the main headline in each year's annual as he cast his considerable shadow over the game. Today the continuing interest in Grace, and his influence on cricket, is remarkable.
Wisden on Grace records the highlights of an astonishing playing careerW. G. remains not only one of the top ten run-scorers of all time, but also one of the top ten wicket-takerswith notable scorecards, match reports, and records. But the real treasures are to be found in the opinions and articles written aboutand sometimes byW. G. during his lifetime and after. Whether it is first-class status for matches, the professionalism debate, or the question of throwing, the game's eternal issues are to be found here.
In the year of the centenary of W. G.'s death, Wisden's tribute to Grace gives a clear picture of the way that Grace and the game in general have been viewed over the past 150 years, and is a delight for any cricket lover.
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About the Author
Jonathan Rice is a well-respected Wisden writer as well as the author of a wide variety of cricketing books.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Wisden on Grace 1
1 The Grace family story begins: 1863 to 1874 7
2 The Grace family at its peak: 1875 to 1880 44
3 Playing days: 1880 onwards 86
4 The 1890s 118
5 The Twentieth Century 158
6 The afterlife of the Graces 175
7 Statistics: The extraordinary achievements of W. G. Grace 216