Jack Fingleton: The Man Who Stood Up to Bradman by Greg Gowden

By Greg Gowden

Jack Fingleton is one in all Australian cricket's most crucial and fascinating characters. In John Arlott's phrases, "He is himself—and a various himself it is." Fingleton was once a superb establishing batsman with a name for fearlessness opposed to the main opposed and unsafe starting assaults. He confronted as much as England's feared Bodyline bowlers, and have become the 1st batsman in heritage to attain 4 successive try centuries. Later he received a name as potentially Australia's maximum cricket author, together with his paintings syndicated all through Australia and out of the country. He additionally moved within the corridors of energy as a political journalist, and was once on intimate phrases with numerous major ministers. He was once the writer of a few authoritative books, together with Cricket Crisis and Brightly Fades the Don. Fingleton led a various and from time to time turbulent lifestyles. Married to the daughter of famous feminist Jessie road, over numerous many years he was once fascinated by an on-again, off-again feud with one-time teammate Sir Donald Bradman. Greg Growden's entry to formerly unpublished correspondence has helped him shed new gentle on their dating, and at the wealthy lifetime of a witty, evocative, complicated, and altogether unforgettable Australian.

Show description

Read or Download Jack Fingleton: The Man Who Stood Up to Bradman PDF

Similar sports & outdoors books

Great Athletes Set

Scope and assurance - almost each athlete and each game readers may well kind of look forward to finding are available right here. even though there's an emphasis on activities which are well known in North the US, there's substantial assurance on activities and athletes from different elements of the realm. so much North american citizens have at the very least a few familiarity with such activities as baseball, basketball, soccer, golfing, ice hockey, and tennis.

Notable Sports Figures (4 Volume Set)

This new name takes an in depth examine major activities figures from world wide and all through historical past. protecting greater than six hundred individuals--both these recognized for his or her accomplishments at the box in addition to these notorious for his or her exploits off the field--"Notable activities Figures contains biographical profiles of athletes, coaches, staff executives and media figures from all activities.

Andy Russell: A Steeler Odyssey

Andy Russell, two-time great Bowl Champion and seven-time professional Bowler with the good Pittsburgh Steelers' groups of the '70s, writes approximately his profession and his teammates on those nice groups. Russell writes, " The tales approximately my teammates aren't a recounting in their many documents, awards, and different wearing achievements, yet as an alternative reminiscences of a few of my own interactions with them.

Additional resources for Jack Fingleton: The Man Who Stood Up to Bradman

Sample text

From its first issue in 1923, The Guardian thrived on sensationalism, focusing on wild crime stories, lurid court yarns, government scandals and revealing personal dramas to suck the punters in. One of Jack’s first assignments after joining the paper was hunting down evidence in a murder case in which the victim’s body was rumoured to have been stuffed into a luggage trunk. Reporters were sent all over the city in search of the elusive trunk. The reporter was RC’s son, Frank Packer. Fingleton thrived in this atmosphere.

Stan McCabe was eighteen, Archie Jackson and twelfth man Mick Hogg were nineteen, Bradman—who’d made his first-class debut two seasons earlier—was twenty, and Hugh Davidson was twenty-one. Jack was in fine form. Just a few days before the team was announced, he’d been the sole century maker in the Sydney grade round, scoring an unbeaten 108 against Petersham. The Daily Telegraph Pictorial ran a front-page story on the opening day’s play of the Victoria game, with a photo of SCG workers painting Fingleton’s name for the scoreboard.

Belinda opened a seafood shop in Bondi Junction, hoping to sell to the local Catholics, who ate fish on Fridays. But inexperience and lack of refrigeration defeated her. Les, the eldest, who had been taken out of Waverley College to help,‘would go to the fish market each morning,’Wally recalled. But with only a slab of ice to chill it, the fish would soon spoil. With food short and the family home at risk, twelve-year-old Jack had to leave school and get a job. He did everything going—sold peanuts, chocolates and lollies at Bondi Junction’s Star Picture Theatre, washed bottles at the King George distillery, swept floors and made lunches at a boot makers, ran errands for a drug company, even touted Sargeants meat pies to punters at the racecourse.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.00 of 5 – based on 30 votes