Sydney Herbert Pardon (23 September 1855 – 20 November 1925) was a sports journalist who was the editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for 35 editions, from 1891 until his death. His father was the journalist George Frederick Pardon.
He took over the editorship of Wisden following the death of his brother, Charles. Of all the editors of the publication, he was arguably the greatest. He introduced the "Notes by the Editor" feature in 1901, and did much to get throwing, a major problem in the 1890s, stamped out. L.E.S. Gutteridge wrote of him: His was a cultured mind. He had definite opinions and was prepared to state them. His editorials make most interesting reading and his influence on the growth of the game throughout the world was immense.
In 1892, he introduced a comprehensive obituary section. In 1896, for the first time Wisden appeared in a cloth-bound (hardback) edition as well as paperback. In 1910 he memorably wrote that the England selectors had "touched the confines of lunacy". In 1924, an issue of Wisden first passed the one thousand page mark.
A man of many interests, he was proud to have contributed articles to The Times not only on cricket but also on music, the theatre and horse racing. He was also an expert on athletics, rowing, boxing and billiards.
- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1895). "Pardon, George Frederick". Dictionary of National Biography. 43. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- A History of Wisden by L. E. S. Gutteridge
- Barclay's World of Cricket - 2nd Edition, 1980, Collins Publishers, ISBN 0-00-216349-7, p198.
- The Wisden Timeline
- Wisden obituary
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