Jack Hobbs character jug modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1999 limited edition of 5,000. Jack Hobbs (1882-1963) was born in Cambridge, England, and first played cricket for his local county in 1904. Shortly thereafter he moved to Surrey where he played for thirty years as his reputation grew widely. He retired in 1934 after playing sixty-one Test matches between 1908 and 1930, with a career first-class batting average of 50.65 and 197 centuries. This was despite the interruption in his career due to World War I, during which he served in the Royal Flying Corps as an Air Mechanic. He toured Australia five times during his career and was voted Wisden's Cricketer of the Year in 1909 and 1926 when he was forty-four, and one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century in 2000. Hobbs was the Captain of the English team in 1926 and was the first cricket player to be knighted. A cricket bat, ball and gloves form the handle of this jug.
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