Dickie Bird (1933-)
Harold Dennis Bird, MBE, the retired cricket umpire universally known as "Dickie" Bird, was born in Barnsley on April 19th 1933.
In 1956, he signed up with his home county, Yorkshire. Between 1956 and 1964, Bird played first class cricket as a batsman for Yorkshire and Leicestershire in the English County Championship. After his County career, he coached and played league cricket before becoming an umpire.
Between 1973 and 1996, Bird umpired in 66 Test matches (at the time a world record) and 69 one day internationals including 3 World Cup Finals. He gained a reputation for stopping play for weather and not giving batsmen out LBW.
He received an MBE in 1986 and has also received honorary doctorates from Leeds and Sheffield Hallam Universities. Bird has been given the Freedom of Barnsley.
In retirement he has taken on a new role as a media personality, with appearances on quiz and chat shows and numerous speaking engagements. He has produced several books, including two volumes of autobiography: My Autobiography - the biggest selling sports book of all time - and the follow-up White Cap and Bails, another best-seller.