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    A sad day for Australia today

    Sir Donald Bradman died, aged 92.

    For those who don’t know (most of the board I guess) ‘The Don’ was a cricketer, and
    a former captain of the Australian team... Not just any cricketer however, the greatest
    batsman that ever lived. His career batting average was 99.96. The very best modern
    players struggle to average more than 50. On average, he scored 100 runs any time he
    went to bat. The very best batsmen score 100 maybe 15 or 20 times in their whole
    career.

    Apart from his achievements on the field however, Sir Don was a national icon - he
    gave the public a hero through the lean years of the great depression, he was a
    consummate gentlemen, and an impeccable sense of sportsmanship. More than any
    other person, this man defined the character of a nation, and gave everyone a role
    model we could aspire too.

    For a nation born of convict roots, cricket holds a special place in Australia - even so far as contributing to its creation as a nation. When the English found themself getting beaten at cricket, by the colonies - it started to sit up and take notice that something was happening in that former penal colony way down south. Australia beat (a very suprised) England in their first cricket match in 1876, and Australia became an independant nation in 1901. To this day 'beating the poms' at cricket is a national obsession!!

    If any ONE person could be called a national hero, 90% of Australians would answer
    ‘Sir Donald Bradman’.. Its kind of hard to put a finger on exactly what this man meant
    to a young nation, but suffice to say his influence was profound. More than any one person,
    this man gave us a sense of national pride.

    RIP Sir Don.
    Thanks for everything you’ve given us.


    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/story_238.asp

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    Goo, I just came here to do the exact same thing. It truely is a sad day for Cricket and Australia in general. We all knew this day would have to come but somehow, when it did, it just seems so unreal. The Don was the pinnacle of Australian sport and culture. He was just a cricketer, but he was so much more. He symbolised Our way of life and ideals so well.

    Sir Don, you will never be forgotten. This day is so much worse than I ever imagined.

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    Rip

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    God knows I have TRIED to figure that game out. Just havn't been able to do it though.

    I know what a huge deal it is over there though. Sorry about the loss there fella's.



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    Crickets funny like that.. You just kinda grow up with it and dont think twice about things. Then one day someone says 'whats the deal'.. you go .. 'uh.. well... its like this....um...ok.....'

    Its genetic too ya see



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    I did NOT know that

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    Wow, Goo, I remember when you first told me about Bradman and what he meant to your country. He sounded like Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth rolled into one.

    92 is a good long life and he made a name not only for himself but also for his sport and country. Something to be very proud of, as I'm sure he was, and his family will always be.

    The history lesson of cricket (and Australia ) was interesting. I had forgotten how the game of cricket to you Aussies is the equivalent to how we Yanks love our baseball.

    (Bradman just had a far better batting average. )

    RIP, Donald.

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    Donor

    It's always a sad day when a legend passes on.

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    I've been trying to find an article, that kinda explains the freakish talent the guy had - I couldn't find it, but I found something similar - maybe it'll explain it a bit better... The basic crux of it is the generally-accepted 'natural ceiling' for batsmen in cricket is an average of 60 - thats as high as a batsman could possibly aspire too. bradman was a good 60% higher...
    Anyways, heres the comparison to a similar achievement in other sports. I have NO IDEA how they got these mind you LOL

    From the Z-scores, it is intriguing (and yes, valid) to estimate what a "Bradman-equivalent" would achieve in other sports.

    Baseball: a career batting average of 0.392.


    Basketball: a career average of 43 points a game.


    Tennis: 15-20 grand slam titles in 10 years.


    Golf: more than 25 major titles.


    Soccer: an average of just over 1 goal a game, and 100 goals in an international career.

    Source : http://www.smh.com.au/news/0011/10/sport/sport17.html

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    25 major titles?!?!

    Now I get it

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    LOL!

    Hey heres a photo. Bradman meets Babe Ruth, from 1931! The shit ya find on the net hey!



    and an article (by an american writer, from around the time of the olympics last year)for those I haven't already bored shitless LOL
    http://cnews.tribune.com/news/story/...-76588,00.html

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    And lets not forget that Bradman played through the body-line series. For those of you who don't know what this is, it was a test match series (It was also the Ashes wasn't it Goo?) between Aust and the Poms in which the Poms adopted a game plan where instead of trying to get the batsmen out they would just try to hit them with the balls (by bowling bouncers and full tosses). It is renowned as one of the most unsportsman-like series (on the Poms part that is) ever played.

    Sufice to say, it would have been very difficult to score runs in that environment. Even though this was one significant proportion of his carrer, he still managed to achieve an average of 99.94. Infact, even more amazing is the statistic that he had an average in the Bodyline Series of about 50 - the same average most batsmen struggle to achieve today!

    I think its very important to have grown up with him as a household name to realise how important he was to our country. I couldn't expect any of you guys to totally understand - its a real weird feeling - seriously, like the feeling when you lose a family member.

    In my opinion he was the best sportsman ever to live, in any country, in any sport. I know that's a huge statement, but I feel that the Don deserves it more than any other. But his appeal wasn't just in the sporting field - he was the ultimate gentleman. He had wit, he had class and most of all he had integrity.

    The Don, 1908-2001

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    Yeh Ashes series here in the early 30's I RD.

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    Seeing as we're posting pictures...

    Hopefully some of you guys will see the magic of the man after seeing these:


    And the trademark cover-drive:



    The late cut:





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