WG Grace: What’s up, doc?

Surrey was playing Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at The Oval in 1870. James Southerton of Surrey (still the oldest Test debutant) cut a ball to WG Grace, who caught it on the bounce. Nobody on the ground appealed (if Grace did not appeal, there was perhaps no doubt regarding the fact that Southerton was nowhere close to being out).

Southerton, however, was sure that he had been caught properly, and decided to leave the ground. The umpires were not keen to give him out caught (why should they?).

The dismissal was eventually noted as “retired, thinking he was out”, and the records read an innocuous “retired out”.