Thursday, March 24, 2011

For F.J. Titmus read Titmus F.J.

Sad to hear of the death of Fred Titmus, a Middlesex and England off-spinner.

Here's the anecdote about the amateurs and gentlemen days of English cricket.
There is a famous cricket story from the days when a strict divide was maintained between amateurs and professionals. It maintains that there was once an announcement at Lord’s that ran:

For F.J. Titmus read Titmus, F.J.

The point was that amateurs had their initials placed before their names and professionals had them afterwards.

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