R. C. Robertson-Glasgow
|Full name||Raymond Charles Robertson-Glasgow|
15 July 1901|
Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland
|Died||4 March 1965
Buckhold, Berkshire, England
|Bowling style||Right arm fast-medium|
|Domestic team information|
|1927–1933||Marylebone Cricket Club|
Source: CricketArchive, 16 December 2008
Life and career
Robertson-Glasgow was born in Edinburgh and educated at Charterhouse School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was a right-arm fast-medium bowler who played for Oxford University and Somerset. During his career, which lasted from 1920 to 1937, he took 464 wickets at 25.77 in first-class cricket, with best innings figures of 9-38.
Convivial, popular and humorous, he subsequently won acclaim for his writing, in which his strong sense of humour shone through. In 1933 he became cricket correspondent for the Morning Post. He later wrote for the Daily Telegraph, The Observer and the Sunday Times.
His nickname of "Crusoe" came, according to Robertson-Glasgow himself, from the Essex batsman Charlie McGahey. When his captain asked McGahey how he had been dismissed, he replied: "I was bowled by an old ----- I thought was dead two thousand years ago, called Robinson Crusoe."
He committed suicide during a snowstorm whilst in the grip of melancholic depression.
His cricket books include:
- Cricket Prints: Some Batsmen and Bowlers (1920-1940) (Werner Laurie, 1948)
- More Cricket Prints: Some Batsmen and Bowlers (1920-1945) (1948)
- 46 Not Out - an autobiography (1948)
- Rain Stopped Play (1948)
- The Brighter Side of Cricket (Arthur Barker, 1950)
- All in the Game (1952)
- How to Become a Test Cricketer (1962)
- Crusoe on Cricket: The Cricket Writings of R. C. Robertson-Glasgow (1966)
He also wrote the following non-cricket books:
- I was Himmler's Aunt (1940)
- Country Talk: A Miscellany (1964)
- Foot, David. "Cricket's Crusoe on this sporting life". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- Christopher Hollis, Oxford in the Twenties (1976)
- Cricket Writers' Club Honours Board. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
- RC Robertson-Glasgow, 46 Not Out, Hollis & Carter (1948), p.108.
- Robertson Glasgow R C - new and used books
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