Peter, the Lord's cat

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Peter, the Lord's cat (1950 – 5 November 1964), also known as The Marylebone mog,[1] was a cat who lived at Lord's Cricket Ground in London from 1952 to 1964. He is the only animal to be given an obituary in the standard cricket reference book, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.[2][3]

The obituary appeared in the 1965 edition of Wisden, under the name "CAT, PETER". It described him as "a well-known cricket-watcher" who "could often be seen prowling on the field of play"; he "loved publicity" and "frequently appeared on the television".[4] Despite this, it seems that no photographs of him are known, although his successor, Sinbad, was snapped during a Southern Schools v The Rest match in 1963.[5]

Peter is mentioned in the title of a 2006 anthology of Wisden obituaries, Peter, the Lord's Cat: And Other Unexpected Obituaries from Wisden.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Player Profile: Peter The Cat from Cricinfo(retrieved 2 November 2006).
  2. ^ Ask Steven from Cricinfo, 14 June 2004 (retrieved 2 November 2006).
  3. ^ Animal Antics from Cricinfo, 1 November 2006 (retrieved 2 November 2006).
  4. ^ Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1965, p. 973. Available online at Wisden Almanack archive (registration required; retrieved 2 November 2006); or without registration at Player Profile (op. cit.) or Ask Steven (op. cit.).
  5. ^ Animal Antics (op. cit.). A photograph which http://content.cricinfo.com/ci/content/image/175423.html (retrieved 2 November 2006) claims to be of Peter, of which a detail can also be found at Player Profile (op. cit.) and Ask Steven (op. cit.), is said at Animal Antics to be of Peter's successor, Sinbad.
  6. ^ Peter, the Lord's Cat: And Other Unexpected Obituaries from Wisden, 2006, edited by Gideon Haigh, Aurum Press, ISBN 1-84513-163-0.