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Encyclopedia > Wisden Cricketer of the Year

The Wisden Cricketers of the Year award is made annually in the pages of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack yearbook. Usually, five players are named each year, although this was not always the case in the early years - Jack Hobbs and W. G. Grace being among those to be honoured individually. Also, a player may receive the award only once in his career, although again this was not always the case in former years - Hobbs was given a second award in 1926 to honour his breaking W. G. Grace's record of 126 first class hundreds, and Plum Warner received a second award for his last season in first class cricket when he led Middlesex to a county championship win. Wisden Cricketers Almanack is by far the best known reference book concerned with the sport of cricket and probably the most famous reference book about any sport published in the United Kingdom. ... Sir Jack Berry Hobbs,KBE (born 16 December 1882 in Cambridge, England, died 21 December 1963 in Hove, Sussex) played cricket for Surrey and England. ... William Gilbert Grace (July 18, 1848–October 23, 1915) was an English cricketer who, by his extraordinary skills, made cricket perhaps the first modern spectator sport, and who developed most of the techniques of modern batting. ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sir Pelham Francis Warner, affectionately and better known as Plum Warner, or the Grand Old Man of English cricket was born on 2 October 1873 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and died on 30 January 1963 at West Lavington, Sussex. ... Middlesex County Cricket Club is a first-class cricket club in England, named for the historic county of Middlesex. ...

The award is based primarily, although not exclusively, on the players' 'influence on the previous English season'. From 2000 to 2003 the award was made based on all cricket around the world, but this ended in 2004 when the Wisden Leading Cricketer of the World award was introduced. The Wisden Leading Cricketer of the World award was introduced in 2004 to complement the long standing Wisden Cricketer of the Year awards, which are still given to five players each year. ...

List of Cricketers of the Year

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John Wisden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (366 words)
Wisden was born at 15 Hampden Place, Brighton, but moved to London after his father Thomas died.
He retired from cricket in 1863 at the relatively early age of 37 as a result of rheumatism; he started publishing his annual cricketers' almanac the next year.
He was posthumously selected as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1913, 50 years after his retirement from first-class cricket.
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