Family madness, a gun, the first double hat-trick in a single innings, a batting average of 102.5 for Australia in tests: Albert Trott, was one of the most unusual and talented cricketers ever to play the game.
Now, for the first time, the story of his life is told in a full-length biography.
Albert Trott was a great all-rounder, the Botham of his day:
- The first and still the only man to hit the ball over the Lord’s pavilion
- Good enough to play for England and Australia, though at the height of his powers he was shunned by the selectors of both countries
- His mystery late-swerving delivery was developed playing baseball in Australia
- The first player to achieve the double of 200 wickets and 1000 runs in the same season
- The grandson of a West Indian slave, but his mixed race was never acknowledged at the time
- Lauded by the Middlesex committee then sacked ten years later
- Off the field, his life was dominated by drink, gambling and unusual money-making schemes
- Today he would be rich from playing in the 20/20 leagues, but the Edwardian cricketing bureaucracy and class system prevented him from gaining the just rewards for his talent
- His lonely death from suicide has masked his cricketing achievements
There is no portrait of Albert Trott in the Long Room in the Lord’s pavilion. His cricketing feats have been largely unacknowledged. It is time for him to take up his rightful place in the history of the game.
The book includes research from the Lord’s archives and photographs that have not been seen for many years.
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Over and Out.