The Wisden Book of Obituaries: Obituaries From Wisden Cricketers' Almanack - Compiled by Benny GreenMacdonald Queen Anne Press, 1988, Hardback.
Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners. Edges of the textblock very lightly soiled.
From the introduction: “The cricketers of England and her dominions have come from every walk of life, pursued every kind of path, embraced every sort of morality or no morality at all, and experienced every kind of death. They passed away in every imaginable way and one or two others besides. Being dedicated athletes every one, several of them died in mid-stroke. They took their leave while playing polo, squash, lawn tennis, golf, football, rowing, hunting, shooting, fishing, cycling, refereeing and umpiring. There is even one case recorded of death while bird-watching. Some of the very lucky ones died at the crease, like Andrew Ducat, or in the field, or even occasionally in the pavilion, like the gentleman to be found in these pages who “died in his flannels in the Bristol pavilion”. At least one old cricketer would perhaps have wished to die at the ground but never quite mastered the timing; we read A. W. Sheldon, who passed away while packing his bag for the Scarborough Festival.”