Bart King

Country: U.S.A.
Born: October 19, 1873, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Died: October 17, 1965, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (aged 91y 363d)

Bart King Bio

John Barton King, often referred to as Bart King, is widely regarded as the most accomplished and charismatic cricketer that the United States of America has ever produced. Born on October 19, 1873, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, King made an indelible mark on the world of cricket through his exceptional skills and unparalleled passion for the game.

King’s cricketing prowess extended well beyond the boundaries of his home country. It was his remarkable performances during his three tours of England with The Philadelphians, a team renowned for its high standard of cricket, that elevated his status as a legendary player. These tours took place in 1897, 1903, and 1908, and it was during these trips that King showcased his exceptional talent and became a household name in the cricketing fraternity.

Throughout these tours, King’s statistics in first-class matches were nothing short of extraordinary. In 1897, he scored an impressive 441 runs at an average of 20.10 while also taking 72 wickets at an average of 24.20. Six years later, in 1903, King’s performance reached new heights as he amassed 653 runs at an average of 28.89, accompanied by a staggering 93 wickets at an average of 14.91. In his final tour in 1908, at the age of 35, King’s bowling average was the lowest of the entire English season, securing 87 wickets in just 10 matches with a remarkable average of 11.01. His ability to bowl with incredible speed, combined with his late-swinging deliveries from leg, earned him the admiration of esteemed judges such as Pelham Warner, C.B. Fry, and H.V. Horden who lauded him as one of the great bowlers of his time.

In addition to his bowling prowess, King’s capabilities as a batsman were equally noteworthy. In all of his first-class matches, he scored a total of 2134 runs at an average of 20.52, including a century, which added further credence to his versatility as a cricketer. Alongside his batting exploits, King also showcased his skills as a prolific wicket-taker, accumulating an impressive tally of 415 wickets at an average of 15.67.

King’s contributions to cricket extended far beyond his personal accomplishments. He played a crucial role in popularizing the sport in the United States and inspiring future generations of American cricketers. His passion for the game was infectious, and his charismatic persona endeared him to fans and teammates alike.

Sadly, John Barton King’s time in the cricketing limelight was cut short, as the outbreak of World War I in 1914 brought an end to The Philadelphians’ endeavors, and subsequently his career. Nevertheless, his legacy as one of America’s greatest cricketers endures, and his name continues to be mentioned in the annals of cricketing history.

Even after his retirement, his love for the game remained unwavering. King continued to promote and support cricket in the United States, making significant contributions to ensure the growth and development of the sport he loved until his passing on October 17, 1965.

Today, the cricketing world fondly remembers John Barton King as an iconic figure who propelled the sport to new heights on American soil and left an indelible mark on the global cricketing stage. His legacy serves as a testament to his talent, dedication, and charisma, inspiring cricketers both in the United States and beyond to strive for greatness on the pitch.

Bart King Career Stats

Bart King Batting Stats

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FC 65 114 10 2134 113* 20.51 - - 1 8 - - 67 0
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Bart King Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 65 - - 6502 415 10/53 - 15.66 - - - 38 11
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