Cricketer John Wisden is getting the Google Doodle treatment in the UK today, on what would be his 187th birthday.
At 5’6″, Wisden was known as “The Little Wonder”. He was a member of three English cricket teams (Kent, Middlesex and Sussex), who played in the world’s first overseas cricket tour. He was a right-handed bowler, and occasional wicket-keeper.
In 1864 he launched the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack after retiring from the sport. The publication is considered the “Bible of Cricket,” and is published annually. It has also been referred to as the world’s most famous sports reference book.
Wisden was also a businessman, having opened a cricket equipment business in Leamington Spa as well as a cricket and cigar shop in Leicester Square in London.
Wisden died of cancer when he was fifty-seven years old.