DENIS COMPTON - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: CLIFF MORGAN, TERRY DOWNE, HENRY COOPER - HFSID 146273
Sale Price $162.00
BRITISH ATHLETES: DENIS COMPTON, TERRY DOWNES, HENRY COOPER and CLIFF MORGAN
Two boxing champs, a rugby star and a cricket star all signed this sheet in blue ink.
Signatures: "Terry Downes", "Henry Cooper", "Cliff Morgan" and "Denis Compton", 3½x5. English cricket star DENIS CHARLES SCOTT COMPTON (1918-1997), who played for the Middlesex, Holkar, Europeans (India) and England teams, became the youngest player (at age 18) to score 1,000 runs in his first season (1936, with Middlesex). Compton followed the feat by becoming the youngest Englishman to score Test hundred against Australia two years later. In 78 tests between 1937-1957, Compton had 5,807 runs (with an average 50.06). He became the dominant figure in English cricket following WWII, and in 1947, Compton set records with 3,816 runs (90.85 average) and 18 hundreds. Also a talented footballer, he won Football League and FA Cup winners' medals with Arsenal and played in 12 wartime internationals for England. Compton, who later became President of Middlesex, a PR consultant, cricket correspondent for the "Sunday Express" and a BBC commentator, is also known as the original spokesperson for Brylcreem. English boxer TERRY DOWNES (born in 1936) was the Middleweight Champion from 1961-1962, beating Paul Pender for the title in their second meeting before losing it back to Pender in 1962. Downes retired from the ring with a 35-9 record, with 28 KOs. British boxing champ HENRY COOPER (1934-2011), who fought from 1954-1970, held both the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles for a record ten years. He is best remembered for being the first boxer to knock down Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) on July 19, 1963 with the famous "Henry's Hammer". Cooper, who also held the European title, had a 40-14-1 record and was one of Britain's most popular fighters. Welsh rugby star CLIFF MORGAN (born in 1930) was a fly-half who won 29 caps during his career (1951-1958), playing for Cardiff, Wales, the British Lions and the Barbarians. Morgan, who later became a rugby commentator and producer for the BBC, published his autobiography, Beyond the Fields of Play, in 1996. Lightly creased at lower left blank corner. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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