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Alban George (Johnny) Moyes (1893–1963)

One of Australia's best known cricket commentators, Mr. A. G. [Alban George] (Johnny) Moyes, died at his Sydney suburban home to-night.

He was 70.

Only a few hours before his death Mr. Moyes gave a commentary through the A.B.C. on to-day's Sheffield Shield game between N.S.W. and S.A. at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mr. Moyes, known affectionately to millions of cricket enthusiasts as "Johnny", was a world renowned authority on cricket.

Born in Gladstone, S.A., in 1893, he represented his State in first class cricket between 1912-15.

During World War I he rose to the rank of major and won the Military Cross in 1918. 

After the war he played for Victoria in 1920-21 and became a N.S.W. selector in 1927.

Entering journalism in the early thirties, he served on the Sydney Daily Telegraph, where he became news editor.

When World War II broke out he took command of the 7th Australian garrison and rose to Lieutenant-Colonel.

For many years, he was one of the most popular radio and television cricket commentators in Australia.

Nearly as famous as his voice which endeared him to cricket followers throughout the world, were his books on the game.

Mr. Moyes wrote half a dozen books, his most famous being "Bradman," "Century of Cricketers," and "With the West Indians in Australia."

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