Len Hutton

Len Hutton

English cricketer, captained England in 23 matches (1952–56) and was the first captain of a professional team
Date of Birth: 23.06.1916
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Len Hutton
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Cricket Career
  4. Later Years and Legacy

Biography of Len Hutton

Early Life and Career

Sir Leonard Hutton was born on June 23, 1916, in Fulneck, Pudsey, England. He was the youngest of five children to Henry Hutton and Lily Swithenbank, both of whom were followers of the Moravian Church. Hutton grew up in a cricketing family, with his father and brothers playing for the local cricket club, Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club, as well as rival team Pudsey Brittania. Hutton immersed himself in the world of cricket from a young age, playing for the Pudsey St Lawrence juniors and reading books on the sport to develop his exceptional abilities. He made his debut for the club at the age of 12 and joined the senior team in 1929.

Len Hutton

During the early years of his career, Hutton was influenced by Yorkshire player Herbert Sutcliffe and asked him to become his coach. Sutcliffe recommended his most talented student to the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, where George Hirst, a former player responsible for coaching young players, advised Hutton to continue playing in the same manner, acknowledging that he had nothing new to teach him. Recognizing Hutton's exceptional technique, experts touted him as a potential sporting star and advised him to pursue a career as a professional cricketer. However, at the insistence of his parents, Hutton decided to first acquire a reliable profession and spent a year studying drafting and electrical work before joining his father's construction firm.

Len Hutton

Cricket Career

Hutton made his debut for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1934 and quickly established himself as one of the best players. In 1937, he made his first appearance for the England national team and, by the time the war broke out, had earned a reputation as one of the country's finest batsmen. However, during the war, Hutton suffered a serious hand injury, which required extensive time to recover. Additionally, the injury, which left his left hand shorter than his right after several surgeries, inevitably affected the quality of his batting. Nevertheless, when cricket competitions resumed, Hutton managed to regain his position as one of England's leading cricketers.

In 1952, Hutton became the first professional player of the 20th century to captain the England national team for Test cricket. Under his leadership the following year, the English team won The Ashes series against Australia for the first time in 19 years, a cricket rivalry that has been held between England and Australia since 1882. Hutton remained captain until 1955 and was knighted in 1956 for his contributions to the development of national sport. He concluded his sporting career and began selecting athletes for Test cricket while also pursuing a career as a journalist and television presenter.

Later Years and Legacy

In 1960, Hutton joined the engineering company J.H. Fenner and retired as a director in 1984. He was married to Dorothy Mary Dennis from 1939, and they had two sons: Richard, who later played for Yorkshire in 1942, and John, born in 1947. Hutton passed away on September 6, 1990, at the age of 74, following an unsuccessful operation after an aortic rupture. In his final years, his health rapidly deteriorated. Hutton is remembered as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, with his record-breaking innings against Australia in 1938 remaining unbeaten for nearly 20 years.