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Member - Wall of Sporting Legends - Sam Loxton


Legend:

Sam Loxton

Hounoured:

Thursday 10th November, 2005

Sam Loxton OBE is the second Australian sporting icon to take his place on the Gold Coast Wall of Sporting Legends. Born in Melbourne, Victoria on 29 th March 1921, Loxton enjoyed an outstanding cricket career spanning 12 tests and 140 first-class matches from 1946 to 1958. He first played for Victoria in 1946-47, scoring a massive 232 not out against Queensland on debut.

At the age of 26 he made his test debut against India in the 1947-1948 season as part of Don Bradman's legendary team The Invincibles. On that historic tour, Loxton scored 973 runs at an average of 57.23 and as a bowler took 32 wickets.

He made his only test hundred against South Africa at Johannesburg in the 1949-1950 season. Loxton was also a fast-medium right-arm bowler renowned for his ability to move the ball through the air.

Loxton also played 41 games with VFL team St Kilda from 19421946. As a footballer Loxton shone on the forward line, heading the Saints goal kicking in 1944 with 52 goals. In that year he also ran second in the club's Best and Fairest.

After playing his last test match during the 1950-1951 Ashes series in Sydney, Loxton went on to serve as a Liberal Member of Parliament. He served as the Liberal Party whip in the Bolte and Hamer governments and was the MLA for Prahran for a quarter of a century.






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