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    Sir Donald Bradman

    Over the years I have participated in discussions on this forum,and a few others, I have been repeatedly asked questions about "The Don". So, before the mind and body goes completely I believe it could be time to share my thoughts.
    To understand the enigma that is Bradman is somewhat difficult to youngsters today. I will relate the story of when I last saw him play. It was 1954. Six years after he officially retired. The game was the Lindsay Hassett Testimonial Game played at The Exhibition Oval in Brisbane. ( A Testimonial Game was played so retiring players could get some money to retire on). The ground was packed to capacity and the team Bradman was playing for was batting first. At first drop in he came to a standing ovation the likes of which I have never seen before or since.
    He was a bit "scratchy" to say the least and only made 18. By the end of the day his team had been dismissed and the other team were 9 for something so the anticipation of the next days crowd was of seeing Bradman bat again. Packed out again on the Sunday. Sure enough out came '' the man" and he proceeded to give a batting master class. "The Don" still had what it takes. He never made a 100 in that innings being dismissed for 81(Think about it) As he left the field the crowd all started singing "Our Don Bradman". Very moving. It wasn't until the next day that one of the journalists reporting pointed out the fact his match aggregate was 99. Coincidence?? I don't know.

    Bradman's career at Test level was an injection of "LIFE" into the Aussie pschye. Between him and the mighty race horse, Phar Lap, the average aussie battling through the worst depressions of all time had some heroes to take their minds off the worst of things. He was worshipped like no other sportsman before. We only had the wireless and the weekly Movietone news to " be in the action".Yes, we had newspapers but they didn't create the same excitement. It wasn't until Allan McGilvray started his "live" Test broadcasts and we would either gather around the wireless or as kids we would listen on our crystal sets(Google it) under the blankets when we were supposed to be asleep.

    After WW2, he became our symbol of peace. I noted on here a film clip of the 1946 Test at The Gabba. I was there and saw him score his 187 and the aussies win the Test. I am somewhere in that crowd on the hill. By reputation, he was a hard man, a good skipper and would prove to be a very capable administrator. He was held in awe wherever he went in this country and definitely respected in others. He was a man of his time. We needed a hero and one came along. The most common question asked during a Test match was "How many did Bradman make"; not the team just him.

    He was capable of playing all shots in the book and inventing some as well. He was the first to take a rising ball on the Off and put it on the square leg boundary. You can talk about your Sachins,Bothams,Richards, Dev etc etc but there will only ever be ONE Sir Donald Bradman.


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    Here is another track showing some great film clips of the mans batting

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeG8hqQw1U8
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    Even watching those videos you could tell how cleanly he was striking the ball. Incredible wrists.

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    Really lucky to have someone like you on the forum JBMAC


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    That pull shot from off stump while wearing a couple of rubber bands on his hands is so impressive
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    The more I think about it the more I reckon Bradman's superiority was mental, not technical.

    Nobody else has scored the volume of runs he has, I think it's telling that while his run and century tally has been obliterated by batsmen who have played loads more Tests, he's still well clear in the number of double hundreds he's scored.
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    I've watched as much video footage of Bradman as I can, and one thing I have noticed is the swing speed he has between being completely still as the bowler bowls the ball and executing his shot. It looks soooo quick. His timing looks absolutely impeccable.

    I know the golf stump/water tank story has been done to death, but there is something in the way he plays the ball that is quite unique, IMO, it is a very clean, short, sharp and precise movement, and that speed probably comes from all that muscle movement training as a kid.
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    Lots of great batsmen seem to have very unusual and yet precise training methods. I remember the story of Lara keeping bottles all around to indicate fielders and trying to get the ball between them as a kid. Its so interesting to think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    The more I think about it the more I reckon Bradman's superiority was mental, not technical.
    Yeah I think most would agree

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    I forget whom, but one writer said the thing he noticed is Bradman's strokes were all swung not pressed. That tends to confirm the observation he saw the ball "early". When you are surprised by a delivery you tend to parry at it and swing at the ones you see well. Makes sense. And Bradman swung at deliveries others would block or evade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hill View Post
    I've watched as much video footage of Bradman as I can, and one thing I have noticed is the swing speed he has between being completely still as the bowler bowls the ball and executing his shot. It looks soooo quick. His timing looks absolutely impeccable.

    I know the golf stump/water tank story has been done to death, but there is something in the way he plays the ball that is quite unique, IMO, it is a very clean, short, sharp and precise movement, and that speed probably comes from all that muscle movement training as a kid.
    Have you tried viewing them at 18fps? Agree with how precise his movements seem to be. Looks like he picked up the ball so early.

    The 2nd video JBMAC has posted has so much great footage btw.

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    I've heard one bloke mention Bradman adjusted his grip on the bat according to the length of the ball. I'd never heard that before or since and the bloke who said it couldn't remember where he read about it. I'm skeptical, but if he did it would be quite a trick and could explain how Gilbert managed to knock the bat out of his hands in that famous over in Brisbane by catching him before completing his adjustment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBMAC View Post
    Over the years I have participated in discussions on this forum,and a few others, I have been repeatedly asked questions about "The Don". So, before the mind and body goes completely I believe it could be time to share my thoughts.
    To understand the enigma that is Bradman is somewhat difficult to youngsters today. I will relate the story of when I last saw him play. It was 1954. Six years after he officially retired. The game was the Lindsay Hassett Testimonial Game played at The Exhibition Oval in Brisbane. ( A Testimonial Game was played so retiring players could get some money to retire on). The ground was packed to capacity and the team Bradman was playing for was batting first. At first drop in he came to a standing ovation the likes of which I have never seen before or since.
    He was a bit "scratchy" to say the least and only made 18. By the end of the day his team had been dismissed and the other team were 9 for something so the anticipation of the next days crowd was of seeing Bradman bat again. Packed out again on the Sunday. Sure enough out came '' the man" and he proceeded to give a batting master class. "The Don" still had what it takes. He never made a 100 in that innings being dismissed for 81(Think about it) As he left the field the crowd all started singing "Our Don Bradman". Very moving. It wasn't until the next day that one of the journalists reporting pointed out the fact his match aggregate was 99. Coincidence?? I don't know.

    Bradman's career at Test level was an injection of "LIFE" into the Aussie pschye. Between him and the mighty race horse, Phar Lap, the average aussie battling through the worst depressions of all time had some heroes to take their minds off the worst of things. He was worshipped like no other sportsman before. We only had the wireless and the weekly Movietone news to " be in the action".Yes, we had newspapers but they didn't create the same excitement. It wasn't until Allan McGilvray started his "live" Test broadcasts and we would either gather around the wireless or as kids we would listen on our crystal sets(Google it) under the blankets when we were supposed to be asleep.

    After WW2, he became our symbol of peace. I noted on here a film clip of the 1946 Test at The Gabba. I was there and saw him score his 187 and the aussies win the Test. I am somewhere in that crowd on the hill. By reputation, he was a hard man, a good skipper and would prove to be a very capable administrator. He was held in awe wherever he went in this country and definitely respected in others. He was a man of his time. We needed a hero and one came along. The most common question asked during a Test match was "How many did Bradman make"; not the team just him.

    He was capable of playing all shots in the book and inventing some as well. He was the first to take a rising ball on the Off and put it on the square leg boundary. You can talk about your Sachins,Bothams,Richards, Dev etc etc but there will only ever be ONE Sir Donald Bradman.


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    Thanks for sharing - IMO the greatest sportsperson of all time, although such comparisons are pointless.

    PS Phar Lap was from TImaru. One of the many greats to come out of Timaru along with Bob Fitzsimmons, Richard Pearse and Jack Lovelock.

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    Thanks for sharing the video bro

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