Fred Trueman

Died aged 75

Frederick Sewards Trueman, OBE (6 February 1931 – 1 July 2006) was an English cricketer, mainly active from 1948 to 1968, who played for Yorkshire and England. He had professional status and later became an author and broadcaster. He was born in Stainton, West Riding of Yorkshire, and died in Steeton with Eastburn, West Yorkshire. He appeared in 603 first-class matches as a righthanded batsman who bowled right arm fast. He scored 9,231 runs with a highest score of 104 and held 439 catches. He took 2,304 wickets with a best analysis of eight for 28. In 67 Test appearances, he scored 981 runs with a highest score of 39* and held 64 catches. He took a then world record 307 Test wickets with a best analysis of eight for 31. Trueman is generally acknowledged to have been one of the greatest bowlers in cricket's history. Bowling at a genuinely fast pace and widely known as "Fiery Fred", he was the first bowler to take 300 wickets in a Test career. Trueman and Brian Statham opened the England bowling together for many years and formed one of the most famous bowling partnerships in Test cricket history. He was an outstanding fielder, especially at leg slip, and a useful late order batsman who made three first-class centuries. Trueman was awarded his Yorkshire county cap in 1951 and in 1952 was elected "Young Cricketer of the Year" by the Cricket Writers' Club. For his performances in the 1952 season, he was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 1953 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He was awarded the OBE in the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to cricket. His talent, skill and popularity were such that British Prime Minister Harold Wilson jokingly described him as the "greatest living Yorkshireman". However, Trueman was omitted from numerous England teams because he was frequently in conflict with the cricket establishment which he often criticised for its perceived "snobbishness" and hypocrisy. After he retired from playing, Trueman became a media personality through his work in television and as an outspoken radio commentator and summariser for the BBC, mainly working on Test Match Special.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

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Frederick Sewards Trueman OBE
Fred Trueman

The crucible of darts. Opened in 1970 Leeds Irish Centre has become the social and cultural heart of the city's Irish Community. Now drawing millions of viewers televised darts was pioneered here in August 1973 when the Centre hosted Yorkshire Television's pub games series 'Indoor League' presented by Fred Trueman.

The Irish Centre, York Road, Leeds, United Kingdom where they was (1973)

Frederick Sewards Trueman OBE [full inscription unknown]

The Queens Hotel, 10 Tickhill Road, Maltby, United Kingdom where they was

Fred Trueman [full inscription unknown]

Maltby Academy, Maltby, United Kingdom where they attended school