Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Cricket
Inducted: 1991
Country: South Africa
Born: May 24, 1942 in Johannesburg, South Africa

One of the greatest cricketeers in South African history, Ali Bacher played in 12 test matches for his country, captaining his teams in 4 of those fixtures.

Making his first class debut in 1959, at age 17, he made a total of 120 first class appearances during his career. As an active player he scored 7,894 runs (averaging 39.07 per match), 18 centuries, and made 110 catches. He captained the Balfour Park Cricket Team in 1962 and captained Transvaal the following year.

Bacher’s highest single match score came against Australia in 1966, when he rang up 235 runs for his Transvaal side in the first-ever victory for a South African team against an Australian team in South Africa.

In 1972, he was awarded South Africa’s Sports Merit Award, the country’s highest athletics honor.

Bacher cut short his playing career in 1974 at only 31 years of age, when South Africa was banned from international competition due to its apartheid policy.

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