Born on 16 July 1910 at Grenfell in New South Wales
Died on 25 August 1968 at Mosnam, New South Wales
Right-handed middle order batsman and medium pace bowler
Test debut: 1930 against England, in England
Stan Joseph McCabe is said to have played two of the most famous test innings of all time. Having made his test debut against England on the tour of 1930, he scored 187 scintillating runs against the bodyline attack, at Sydney in 1932-33. Hooking, pulling and square cutting ferociously, he forced Jardine to set a conventional field to him. On the 1938 tour of England, he made 232 out of an Australian total of 411 that Sir Donald Bradman has described as the best test innings he has ever seen. On McCabe’s return to the pavilion after the innings, Bradman said to him, “ If I could play an innings like that, I would be proud man, Stan.”
McCabe gave up Cricket after World War II, concentrating on building up his Sports Equipment business. He died tragically, in 1968, falling off from a cliff near his home in Sydney.
McCabe played 39 tests, scoring 2,748 runs, including 6 centuries at an average of 48.21. He also claimed 36 wickets at 42.86 apiece and took 41 catches.
He was nominated Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1935