A 1948 cap will shortly go on display at the Museum. Belonging to the former Australian batsman Ron Hamence, the cap has been acquired by long-time supporter of the Bradman Museum, Owen Zupp who has generously permitted its loan.
Hamence, who only recently died in 2010, was one of the ‘lesser’ Invincibles and did not play a single Test during the famous tour. However this was only due to the uncommon talent that surrounded him and he would have featured prominently in any other Australian side. A South Australian by birth he and Don Bradman were the only two players in the squad from that state. When interviewed late in life he hinted at probably knowing Bradman better than any of the other players.
He recalled that he and some of the side on the ship-board journey to England frequently sang in the adjacent cabin with Hamence tapping on the wall after the song finished and calling out ‘What do you think of that one, Braddles?’. Don Bradman stated that, while unlucky in not being selected for any of the Tests, he was a great ‘team’ man and substantially contributed to team morale.
Ron Hamence played in 19 of the matches in 1948, making his top score against Somerset with 99 runs. He finished with a tour average of 32.33. Between 1935 and 1950 Hamence made 5,285 runs for South Australia at an average of 37.75 including 11 centuries. His highest score was 173 against New South Wales. He played in 3 Tests.
On loan from the Zupp family.