The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has acquired one of Sir Donald Bradman’s baggy green caps, adding to its magnificent collection of baggy greens worn by Australia’s Test cricketers.
Universally regarded as the greatest Test batsman of all time, Bradman’s career batting average of 99.94 in 52 Tests between 1928 and 1948 is one of the greatest achievements by any sportsman.
The cap, worn by Bradman during the 1946/47 series against England, features in its very own showcase in the Baggy Green Room in the National Sports Museum.
The cap will join those of other cricket luminaries such as Neil Harvey, Richie Benaud, Allan Border, Ian Johnson, Ray Lindwall, Rod Marsh, Greg Chappell and Bert Ironmonger in the MCC collection.
MCC curator, Helen Walpole, said she is thrilled that Bradman’s cap would now permanently reside at the home of cricket, along with the 23 baggy green caps currently on display in the Baggy Green Room.
“In Bradman’s era players received multiple caps during their careers, but sadly very few of Bradman’s caps are available to today’s collectors,” Walpole said.
“A Bradman baggy green has been at the top of our wish list for some time, so we’re thrilled to finally add this rare acquisition to our collection permanently.”
The National Sports Museum is located at Gate 3, MCG, Yarra Park, Jolimont and is open daily from 10am.
Access to the Baggy Green Room is included in standard museum entry.