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C. B. Fry

C B Fry
Personal information
Full nameCharles Burgess Fry
Birth Date (Y-M-D)1872-4-25
Place of birthCroydon
Country of birthEngland
Death Date (Y-M-D)1956-9-7
Batting styleRight-handed
Bowling styleRight arm fast-medium
Test Debut13 February 1896 v South Africa
Last Test22 August 1912 v Australia
Domestic team information
Europeans (India)1921 1922
Hampshire1909 1921
Sussex1894 1908
London County1900 1902
Oxford University1892 1895

C. B. Fry

Personal information
Full nameCharles Burgess Fry
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionFull back

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Charles Burgess Fry, known as C. B. Fry (25 April 1872 7 September 1956) was an English polymath; an outstanding sportsman, politician, diplomat, academic, teacher, writer, editor and publisher, who is best remembered for his career as a cricketer. John Arlott summed him up thus: "Charles Fry could be autocratic, angry and self-willed: he was also magnanimous, extravagant, generous, elegant, brilliant - and fun [...] he was probably the most variously gifted Englishman of any age." Neville Cardus wrote that he was "a national gallery and a theatre and a forum".

Fry's achievements on the sporting field included representing England at both cricket and football, an FA Cup Final appearance for Southampton F.C. and equalling the then world record for long jump. He also reputedly turned down the throne of Albania. In later life, he suffered mental health problems, but in his 70s was still able to perform his party piece: jumping backwards onto a mantel from a standing position.

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