I have really got to stop enjoying this research project to find as much of Ron Smith’s work for D C Thomson as possible. But I keep finding such diamonds such as my last article about The Spy In The Sputnik. As I am working through the Hotspur 200s, I find that Ron’s work is a bit thin on the ground. Thankfully Ian Kennedy’s work has not been that thin on the ground. As I have always been an Ian Kennedy fan, I have found that the hardest part of this project has been to ignore Ian’s work.
However my latest find is something that I could not ignore. I have done my best to skim over any work of Ian’s that I found, but when I saw this picture, I just could not help myself.
This wacky idea of a player chained to his bat ran from issue 244 to 255 (20th June to 5th September 1964)
Now those that know me will be aware that I am not a sporty person. Neither am I from a demographic that should find cricketing whites exciting. But I was slowly brainwashed by my dad into enjoying cricket, so this post is dedicated to him. Even though I still don’t have a clue why he loved cricket or golf so much.
It has been a few years since he passed away, but even now I still pick up the phone when I hear a wacky England cricket score or someone scoring 10 or more under par and try to call him to see if he has heard the latest score. Just to finish off, I will give you another image from the story Chained To His Bat.
Robert Noble. 15 June 1926 to 4 January 2000. RIP Dad.