Don Bradman’s Baggy Green Cap

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2015-06-26 10:54:50

Don Bradman’s Baggy Green Cap was sold in 2008 for just over $400,000. 

Sir Donald George Bradman (1908-2001) was an Australian cricketer, generally regarded as the greatest cricketer of all time.

Nicknamed 'The Don', Bradman has been described as “unquestionably the greatest batsman in the game”, scoring 6,996 runs from 52 matches at an average of 99.94.

Many Australians cite him as their favourite person in the country's history.

The Cap

The baggy green cap was worn by Bradman when he captained the Australian ‘invincibles’ team on their 1948 Ashes tour of England.

Bradman wore the hat when he scored the last of his 29 centuries against England at Headingley, Leeds, and also during his last test innings at The Oval the same year.

The ‘baggy green’, a traditional cap worn by Australian test cricketers, is embroidered with the Australian cricketing crest and the date, ‘1948’.

The cap was given to Bradman’s godson, the son of English friend Richard Robins. After seeing Robins' son playing cricket in his backyard, Bradman was said to declare “we can't have that, we'd better get you a decent one”. The cap was then sent to the boy.

It has been described as “a unique piece from a legendary moment in cricketing history”.

It should be noted that this is just one of many Bradman worn Baggy Green's not the only one. Caps were issued to players, in this era for each separate series that they played in. Caps first bore dates in 1930..though in 1909 a date did appear. The last series to be dated was 1972.

Sale

The cap was sold in June 2003 it for AUD$420,000. Auctioneers Ludgrove's International had planned to auction the cap in London, but substantial private offers hastened an immediate sale.

The cap was again put up for sale in 2008, by Charles Leski Auctions. Despite the estimate of $600,000, not a single offer was made at auction.

In December 2008, the cap was sold to a private Australian buyer for an undisclosed price, thought to be a little over $400,000 but well below the reserve of $450,000.

In November 2004 another Bradman 1948 cap came to light. It was presented to the State Library of South Australia by Kevin Truscott. Bradman had given it to Kevin's father after the tour and it had remained in the family since. With the existance of TWO caps puzzling, further (belated) research was conducted and it was discovered in the 1948 player contacts that, as was the case with many (long) Ashes Tours, two caps were issued to each player. p 104 The Baggy Green. Michael Fahey & Mike Coward

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