Dickie Bird
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Personal information
Full name Harold Dennis Bird OBE
Born 19 April 1933 (1933-04-19) (age 87)
Staincross, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nickname Dickie
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-arm off-break
Role Batsman, Umpire
Domestic team information
Years Team
1956–1959 Yorkshire
1959–1964 Leicestershire
First-class debut 16 May 1956 Yorkshire v Scotland
Last First-class 12 August 1964 Leicestershire v Essex
List A debut 1 May 1963 Leicestershire v Lancashire
Last List A 27 May 1964
Leicestershire v Northamptonshire
Umpiring information
Tests umpired 66 (1973–1996)
ODIs umpired 69 (1973–1995)
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 93 2
Runs scored 3,314 9
Batting average 20.71 4.50
100s/50s 2/14 0/0
Top score 181* 7
Balls bowled 48 0
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 28/– 0/–
Source: [], 19 August 2007

Harold Dennis "Dickie" Bird, OBE (born 19 April 1933) is an English retired international cricket umpire. During his long umpiring career, he became a much-loved figure among players and viewing public, due to his excellence as an umpire, but also his many eccentricities.

Bird played first-class cricket for Yorkshire and Leicestershire as a right-handed batsman, but only scored two centuries in 93 appearances. His career was blighted by a knee injury, which eventually caused him to retire aged 31. He umpired in 66 Test matches (at the time a world record) and 69 One Day Internationals including 3 World Cup Finals.

In February 2014, Yorkshire announced that Bird was to be voted in as the club's president at their Annual General Meeting on 29 March. His autobiography sold more than a million copies.

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