Fred Grace

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Fred Grace
Fred Grace.jpg
Personal information
Full name George Frederick Grace
Born (1850-12-13)13 December 1850
Downend, South Gloucestershire, England
Died 22 September 1880(1880-09-22) (aged 29)
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast (roundarm)
Role Occasional wicket-keeper
Relations E. M. Grace, W. G. Grace (brothers), Walter Gilbert (cousin)
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 23) 6 September 1880 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1870–1880 Gloucestershire
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 1 195
Runs scored 0 6,906
Batting average 0.00 25.02
100s/50s 0/0 8/32
Top score 0 189 not out
Balls bowled 0 17,661
Wickets 329
Bowling average 20.06
5 wickets in innings 17
10 wickets in match 5
Best bowling 8/43
Catches/stumpings 2/– 171/3
Source: CricketArchive, 1 October 2009

George Frederick ("Fred") Grace (1850–1880) was the youngest of the three Grace brothers to play Test cricket for England.

Although his elder brothers E. M. and W. G. were always "known by (their) initials", the younger Grace was known as Fred, although his initials were used in scorecards like those of all other English cricketers.[1][2][3]


Gloucestershire CCC in 1880 shortly before Fred Grace's untimely death. Fred Grace (hooped cap) is third left in rear group. W. G. Grace is seated front left centre. Billy Midwinter (directly behind WG) is fourth left in rear (next to Fred). E. M. Grace (bearded) is sixth left in rear.

Born 13 December 1850 in Bristol, Grace was "an attractive batsman",[citation needed] but one who "lacked the concentration and resolve to build a long innings".[citation needed] Like his two famous brothers he made a duck on his first-class debut.[citation needed] Grace was selected along with his two brothers to play in the inaugural Test in England, which took place at The Oval in 1880 against Australia.[citation needed] He was out for nought in both innings but held a "skyscraping catch" at the Vauxhall End off the giant Australian batsman George Bonnor.[citation needed]


On 22 September 1880, Two weeks after his Test appearance, Fred Grace died in Basingstoke, Hampshire of pneumonia, caught, it was said, as the result of sleeping in a damp bed.[2] W. R. Gilbert, a cousin of the Graces, wrote to The Daily Telegraph: "It having come to my knowledge there is a rumour abroad that Mr. G. F. Grace's fatal illness was caused by sleeping in a damp bed at the Red Lion Hotel, Basingstoke, I beg to contradict it. He had a bad cold before he left home, and on my arrival at Basingstoke he told me that he had received another chill whilst waiting at Reading Station. By inserting this you will greatly oblige me, and also do justice to the members of a family whose attention and kindness to my cousin all through his illness could not have been surpassed had he been at home." The Times wrote, "His manly and straightforward conduct and genial manners won him not only popularity, but the esteem of hosts and friends".[citation needed] 3,000 people followed his coffin and the touring Australians wore black armbands during their last match.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Rae, pp.15–16.
  2. ^ a b Midwinter, pp.86–87.
  3. ^ Birley, p.104.


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