Harold Dennis "Dickie" Bird MBE character jug modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1996 limited edition of 9,500. Harold Dennis "Dickie" Bird (1933- ) was perhaps the most popular umpire in the history of the game of cricket. Born in Yorkshire, Dickie grew up with a bat in his hand. In 1956 a youth spent hitting a leather ball rather than the schoolbooks paid off when his home county signed him up. Given the fierce competition for places on the team, it can be said that Dickie's playing career did not live up to his promise, as he achieved a first class average of only twenty. After retiring in 1964 Bird began coaching and officiating. His ascent to the cricketing Hall of Fame was set in motion in 1973 when he umpired his first test match. This jug was produced to commemorate Bird's retirement from international cricket. A cricket bat and TCCB banner form the handle of the jug.
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