Dickie Bird: My Autobiography

Dickie Bird , Michael Parkinson



When Dickie Bird tried to get his first match with Barnsley Cricket Club, he was just 15 years old. But when the batsman in the nets took one look at the skinny teenager and sent him on his way, Dickie Bird was nearly lost to cricket forever. Fortunately, a kindly man met the weeping youngster on his way back to the bus stop and took pity--and spent the rest of the evening bowling to him in the nets.

He did play for Barnsley and later--though intermittently--for his beloved Yorkshire. Fated to be the twelfth man, however, he left for Leicestershire from where, though he played regularly, he chose instead to go into umpiring. The rest, as they say, is history; but it is an interesting history of a miner's son who became a worldwide celebrity and chose, after retiring from cricket, to tell his millions of adoring fan the whole tale.

Growing up in Barnsley, becoming a professional cricketer, then training as an umpire--all the steps along the way are lovingly recorded in My Autobiography. The first umpire to become a celebrity and all-round "character", Dickie Bird never once forgot his fans. Signing autographs for children after gruelling days on the Test circuit, always having a word for waiting interviewers, forever friendly with the press--Dickie Bird always eschewed the trappings of fame. And fortune--twice he turned down lucrative offers to leave England and become a celebrity umpire abroad.

66 Test matches, three World Cup finals and 92 one-day Internationals after that fateful day at Barnsley Cricket Club, Dickie Bird retired from his sport with more than a few tears. He had spent more than 50 years controlling the enthusiasm of the world's greatest players while "married to cricket", and if there is one thing he puts across in his book, it is his passion for the game.

With an introduction by fellow Barnsley-man and cricketer Michael Parkinson, this book--now the bestselling British sports autobiography of all time--is written with Bird's trademark bluntness (and he owes much to the talent of his ghost-writer, Keith Lodge, once of the Barnsley Chronicle). The enthralling story he tells will appeal not only to cricket lovers but to anyone interested in human nature in general.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Early Life: The book delves into Dickie Bird's upbringing and early life, providing insights into the experiences that shaped his personality and career.
  2. Cricket Career: It chronicles Dickie Bird's illustrious career as a cricket umpire, highlighting key matches, players, and moments that defined his time on the field.
  3. Umpiring Style: The book discusses Dickie Bird's unique umpiring style, emphasizing his fairness, integrity, and ability to maintain control on the field.
  4. Challenges and Triumphs: Dickie Bird's autobiography recounts the challenges he faced as an umpire, including dealing with difficult players and controversial decisions, as well as the triumphs he experienced throughout his career.
  5. Humor and Anecdotes: The book is filled with humor and entertaining anecdotes from Dickie Bird's experiences on and off the cricket pitch, showcasing his wit and storytelling abilities.
  6. Relationships: It touches on Dickie Bird's relationships with players, fellow umpires, and cricket officials, providing insights into the camaraderie and conflicts within the cricketing world.
  7. Life After Umpiring: The autobiography explores Dickie Bird's life after retiring from umpiring, including his involvement in charity work and media appearances.
  8. Legacy: It reflects on Dickie Bird's legacy as one of the most respected and beloved figures in cricket history, known for his passion for the game and contributions to umpiring standards.
  9. Personal Reflections: The book includes Dickie Bird's personal reflections on his career, successes, regrets, and the lessons he learned along the way.
  10. Impact on the Game: Dickie Bird's autobiography highlights his impact on the game of cricket, both as a top-level umpire and as a mentor and ambassador for the sport.
Language English
ISBN-10 0340684577
ISBN-13 9780340684573
No of pages 382
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Published Date 18 Sep 1997

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