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Name: Charles Burgess Fry  
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Date of Birth: 7th September 1872
Place of Birth: Croydon
Profession: Footballer
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CB Fry
Batting style Right-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling type Right arm fast medium
Tests First-class
Matches 26 394
Runs scored 1223 30886
Batting average 32.18 50.22
100s/50s 2/7 94/124
Top score 144 258*
Balls bowled 10 9036
Wickets 0 166
Bowling average n/a 29.34
5 wickets in innings 0 9
10 wickets in match 0 2
Best bowling n/a 6/78
Catches/stumpings 17/0 239/0

Test debut: 13 February 1896
Last Test: 22 August 1912

Charles Burgess Fry (born 25 April 1872 in Croydon, died 7 September 1956 in Hampstead) was an English sportsman.

Fry is most noted for his cricket achievements, including six consecutive centuries in first-class matches and a first-class career in which he averaged over 50. His achievements also extended to soccer, where he played for Oxford University, Corinthians, Southampton including the 1902 FA Cup final, and England in an international match against Ireland; Rugby Union where he played for the University of Oxford, Blackheath and the Barbarians; and athletics, where he equalled the then world record of 23 feet 6 1/2 inches (7.18 metres) in 1892 (tied with the American Charles Reber). This is often incorrectly claimed to have stood as a world record for 21 years, but this length of time actually only refers to how long he held the varsity record — his shared world record only stood until September 1894.

Away from sports, he was a deputy for the Indian delegation at the League of Nations and stood (unsuccessfully) as a Liberal candidate for parliament in Sussex. It is often stated that he was offered the throne of Albania when he was a delegate to the League of Nations.

During his time at Sussex County Cricket Club, he is well remembered for his batting partnership with Indian Prince Ranjitsinhji for both county and England. This partnership created a friendship which would last into the 1920s. When Ranjitsinhji became one of India's three representatives at the League of Nations, he took Fry with him as a speech writer.

In the 1920s, Fry's mental health, started to deteriorate. In India in the late 1920s, he had a major breakdown and became thoroughly paranoid. For the rest of his life, he dressed in bizarrely unconventional clothes and had frighteningly eccentric interludes. He developed a horror of Indians, including his friend Ranjitsinhji.

In the 1934, he met Hitler and became mesmerised by him. He failed to persuade von Ribbentrop that Nazi Germany should take up cricket to Test level, but some Hitler Youth boys were made welcome at the Mercury training ship and Fry was still expressing enthusiasm for them in 1938. He died in 1956, a "grand old man of sport".

Comedian and writer Stephen Fry is related to him, as revealed on the television panel game QI. It was also revealed (to much amusement) that, as a party piece, C.B. Fry was able to jump backwards onto a mantlepiece from a standing position.

Preceded by:
Johnny Douglas
English national cricket captain
Succeeded by:
Johnny Douglas

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