The imagery and wit of an incomparable broadcaster is captured here in a unique collection of historic, and humorous, moments from the twentieth century. From the 1940s we hear about Bradman's last test, from the 50s Compton's highest Test Score, from the 60s Trueman's 300th Test wicket and Boycott's first ton, and then the 70s with Arlott's 'freaker' (the Lord's streaker) and finally John's last commentary at the Lord's centenary Test in 1980. His commentary was poetic in its elegance, and the pictures he painted with words are vintage: 'the stroke of a man knocking a thistle top off with a walking stick' (on Clive Lloyd in 1975) and 'a colony of silver gulls...perched on the top of the stand as if they were vultures recruited for Lillee' during the Centenary Test in Melbourne. Presented by Peter Baxter, here is a selection of classic clips from the very personification of cricket, brought together for the first time. "There's never been a commentator like him, there never will be". (Ian Botham). 1 CD. 1 hr 9 mins.
John Arlott is widely regarded as the 'voice of cricket'. He first tried his hand at broadcasting in 1945, when, working as a police sergeant, he gave a public radio address on behalf of the police to George VI on VE Day. This brought him to the attention of the BBC, and the following year he took up the position of Overseas Literary Producer. He was asked to commentate on the first two matches of the 1946 Indian tour, and this was the beginning of a career as a cricketing commentator that was to last 34 years. He covered every home Test Match from 1946 to his retirement in 1980, and in 1968 became the Guardian's cricketing correspondent, a role he performed for the next twelve years. The same year, he became President of the Cricketers' Association. He was awarded an OBE in 1970 and Honorary Life Membership of the MCC in 1980. He died in 1991.