A rare vintage DON BRADMAN WORLD'S RECORD" JUNIOR cricket bat by SYKES. The shoulders are embossed 'SYKES' Horbury, England while the front of the blade with inscribed World's Record Junior, N.S.W. and Australia XI and a facsimile autograph of Don Bradman and to the rear 'William Sykes Ltd' with original red label. Circa 1929-1930. Condition: Though this vintage cricket bat shows signs of heavy usage after almost a century of usage, the bat has no splits. The blade has good dark patination and is in good condition with original cord strung grip and triple sprung handle while some indentation marks all over the wooden blade.
Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), was born at Cootamundra, New South Wales (NSW) on 27 August 1908, nicknamed "The Don", he was an Australian international cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 has been cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport. He was selected to play in the NSW Second XI against Victoria at age 19 and played for the NSW State Sheffield Shield side in December 1927. Bradman was selected to play in the 1928-29 Test Series against England. He played in every Test Series for Australia, except during World War Two and the 1946 Tour to New Zealand. Bradman first captained Australia for the Tour of England 1936-1937. His overall performance in Shield and Test cricket—a total of 117 first-class centuries including 37 double centuries—is still without parallel. Bradman's last Test was as captain for the 1948 English Tour. Upon his retirement, Bradman's Test batting average was an extraordinary 99.94. He was knighted in the 1949 New Year's Honours for services to cricket and Commonwealth relations.
William Sykes (1852–1910) was an English businessman. Sykes was just 23 when he purchased a saddler business in Horbury, England, in about 1874. The business prospered and a few years later added footballs to the other goods it was making. The Sykes Zig-zag branded football was used in many leading events including the FA Cup finals of 1936, 1937, 1939 and 1946. Sykes subsequently expanded his business by dealing in cricket bats, before moving into their manufacture. Donald Bradman, widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time, used bats produced by Sykes throughout his career. In 1929, shortly after Bradman scored the then highest First-Class innings of 340 while playing for New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sykes signed him up to help promote what became known as the Don Bradman bat, or the Autograph bat.
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