Donald Bradman in popular culture

Donald Bradman In Popular Culture

Donald Bradman in popular culture

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The appearances of former Australian cricketer Don Bradman in popular culture are many and varied. As a player, he first came to prominence during the 1928-29 season. His record-breaking performances on the 1930 tour of England made him a national hero in Australia.Ironically, Bradman was a private person who did not enjoy the adulation associated with his fame. In cricket, a batsman who enjoys an exceptional run of form over an extended period is sometimes called Bradmanesque. See for example: , ,

Bradman's name has become a generic term for outstanding excellence, both within cricket and in the wider world. The mathematician, G. H. Hardy, an avid cricket fan, once declared the German mathematician David Hilbert "the Don Bradman of mathematics".


Lauda Air named one of the jets that service the Vienna-Sydney-Melbourne route in honour of Bradman.

Coins and stamps

In 1997, Australia Post issued two stamps depicting Bradman, the first living Australian to be so featured. The issue was part of a series entitled "Australian Legends". Another stamp featuring Bradman was issued in March 2001, after his death.

In 2001, the platypus was replaced by an image of Bradman on the obverse side of the Australia's common 20 cent coin, the first such change since the decimalisation of Australian currency in 1966. The Commonwealth Treasury issued three limited edition legal-tender coins in 2001 as a posthumous tribute to Bradman's career. The coins are of...
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