A golden duck . . . Sir Don had not one, but two baggy green caps on the 1948 Invincibles tour of England.
A golden duck . . . Sir Don had not one, but two baggy green caps on the 1948 Invincibles tour of England.

Two Don's caps

By KIREN THANDI

CLOTHES, skeletons, Sir Donald Bradman's baggy green cap . . .

You never know what you'll find in your closet until you have a good look.

Retired Melbourne lawyer Kevin Truscott recently came forward with a second cap reportedly given to Sir Don for the 1948 'Invincibles' tour of England.

For those of you who don't remember, Coffs Harbour's Tim Serisier snapped up Sir Don's 1948 Invincibles tour cap for a cool $400,000 at an auction last year, thinking ? along with the rest of the world ? that it was the only one which existed.

But, according to Mr Truscott, the second cap was given to his father by Sir Don in England in 1948.

A check of player contracts for the 1948 tour by Bradman collection manager Barry Gibbs revealed each player was given two caps.

Why the second cap was kept a secret for so long is a mystery, however Mr Serisier, while surprised, is not really bothered by its emergence.

"I'm pretty unperturbed about it really," he said yesterday.

"(The cap) is still what it was, it's just that there are two of them now. The provenance of the one I have is exemplary."

The Serisier baggy green is currently at the Melbourne Cricket Ground waiting to go on display, while the Trescott one has been presented to South Australia's State Library's Bradman collection.

Any more hiding away anywhere?

"I'll start worrying when Channel Nine starts flooding the market with them," Mr Serisier said.



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