Victor York Richardson OBE (7 September 1894 – 30 October 1969) was a leading Australian sportsman of the 1920s and 1930s, captaining the Australian cricket team and the South Australian Australian rules football team, representing Australia in baseball and South Australia in golf, winning the South Australian state tennis title and a leading local player in lacrosse, basketball and swimming.
Richardson also has the distinction of winning the
South Australian National Football League's highest individual honor, the Magarey Medal, while Captain-coach of Sturt in 1920.
Cricket career [ edit ]
Richardson is most famous for his contribution to cricket, representing
Australia in 19 Test matches between 1924 and 1936, including five as captain in the 1935/36 tour of South Africa.
A talented right-handed
batsman and rated the best fielder in the world, Richardson made his [1 ] first-class debut for South Australia in the 1918/19 season. In a career that lasted twenty years (and broken by World War II) he played 184 matches for Australia and South Australia, scoring 10,724 runs, including 27 centuries and averaged 37.63 runs per inning. As a measure of his fielding capabilities, he took 211 catches (at an average of 1.15 catches per match) and even completed four stumpings as a stand-in wicketkeeper.
Bodyline [ edit ]
Richardson was Australian vice-captain for the 1932/33 English tour of Australia, known as the
Bodyline series, for England's tactics of bowling fast short-pitched deliveries at the batsman's bodies.
During the series, Richardson exclaimed to his team mates "which of you bastards called (Harold) Larwood a bastard instead of this bastard (Douglas Jardine)?"
Richardson played his final Test against
South Africa at Durban on 28 February 1936, aged 41 years 178 days. Only ten Australians have played Test cricket at an older age. [3 ]
Following his retirement from cricket, Richardson was appointed South Australian coach in September 1949, replacing
Arthur Richardson. [4 ]
To honour his memory and the impact he made for his state, the
South Australian Cricket Association dedicated the "Victor Richardson Gates" at the Adelaide Oval and the road leading to them in his honour. [5 ]
Richardson made his senior Australian rules football debut for
Sturt Football Club in the South Australian National Football League in 1915 and in a career interrupted by World War I, played 114 games for Sturt, kicking 23 goals.
114 games and 23 goals for
Sturt 1915, 1919–1920, 1922–1924, 1926–1927 Captain of Sturt 1920, 1922–1924
Member of premiership teams for Sturt 1915, 1919 and 1926
10 games for
South Australia State Captain 1923
Magarey Medal 1920 Best and Fairest for Sturt 1922, 1923
Coach of Sturt 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924
Other sports [ edit ]
Richardson was a gifted sportsman and excelled in other sports besides cricket and Australian rules football, including baseball (
national and state representative), golf (state representative), tennis (state title winner), lacrosse, basketball and swimming.
Media career [ edit ]
After retiring from first-class cricket he went on to become a respected radio commentator, forging a partnership with renowned former English Test captain
Arthur Gilligan. [6 ]
Political aspirations [ edit ]
In March 1949 Richardson announced that he would seek
Liberal and Country League (LCL) pre-selection for the new federal Division of Kingston, situated in Adelaide's south. At the time Richardson lived on Richmond Road, [7 ] Westbourne Park, which was located in the electorate. [7 ]
On 29 January 1919 Victor Richardson married Vida Yvonne Knapman, daughter of hotelier
Alf Knapman (1867–1918). She died on 25 September 1940; they had one son and three daughters. [8 ] [9 ]
He was a grandfather to three future Australian Test cricketers
Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell (who both also captained Australia at Test level) and Trevor Chappell.
. They were not always on such friendly terms.
Awards and honours [ edit ]
Richardson was appointed an Officer of the
Order of the British Empire (OBE) on 10 June 1954 for his services to cricket, including his presidency of the Country Carnival Cricket Association. [10 ]
Vic Richardson's Test career batting graph.
Sources [ edit ]
^ , "Vic Richardson dies at 75", 31 October 1969, p. 12. Sydney Morning Herald
^ "The Ashes 2010: sledging part and parcel of England v Australia battles". . 23 December 2010 The Telegraph . Retrieved . 12 January 2011
^ "Oldest players". Cricinfo . Retrieved . 10 January 2011
^ The Advertiser (Adelaide), "New State Coach", 9 September 1949, p. 15
^ Richardson, inside back cover.
^ "Richardson, Victor York (1894–1969)". Australian Dictionary of Biography . Retrieved . 28 October 2010
^ a b The News, "Vic Richardson to seek L.C.L. endorsement", 21 March 1949, p. 1.
^ "Richardson—Knapman". (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 1 March 1919. p. 11 The Mail . Retrieved . 2 May 2015
^ "Personal". (Mount Gambier, SA: National Library of Australia). 26 September 1940. p. 1 The Border Watch . Retrieved . 2 May 2015
^ "Richardson, Victor York". It's an Honour. 1954-06-10 . Retrieved . 23 December 2009
References [ edit ]
Richardson, Victor (1968). The Vic Richardson Story. London: Angus & Robertson.
External links [ edit ]