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To the Editor:—
Dr. Ryan's article "The Physician as a Sportsman" (J. A. M. A.162:1134 [Nov. 17] 1956) omits mention of Dr. William Gilbert Grace (1848-1915), the Gloucestershire and England cricketer. In this country Grace is still regarded as the nonpareil of sporting doctors. During his long career in officially "first-class" cricket, Grace hit 54,896 runs, including no less than 126 centuries (i. e., scores of 100 runs or over), and captured 2,876 wickets. These feats, unique at the time they were achieved, have seldom been surpassed by modern cricketers. Grace toured the United States and Canada with a cricket team in 1872. He captained the English touring side against Australia in 1891-1892. Two of his brothers, Edward Mills Grace (likewise a physician) and George Frederick Grace, also played for Gloucestershire and England.
Forsyth H. PHYSICIAN SPORTSMEN. JAMA. 1957;163(7):581. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970420063022