Warnie made his cherished baggy green available for auction to raise money for the bushfire appeal in January. CBA acquired the baggy green via a $1 million donation to the Australian Red Cross and took the cap on tour - visiting schools, cricket clubs, and community centres. It even made an appearance at The Australian Women’s Cricket Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on International Women’s Day earlier this year.
Today, on Sir Donald Bradman’s Birthday, the cap joins a collection of thirty baggy greens dating back to the 1800’s to present day at the Bradman Museum. Caps owned by Australia’s cricketing royalty, including Christina Matthews, Victor Trumper, and Bradman himself are featured in the exhibit.
After officially handing Warnie’s Baggy Green to the Bradman Museum at their opening ceremony today, CBA Chief Executive Officer, Matt Comyn, said: “I am delighted that CBA was able to secure Shane’s cherished baggy green cap. The cap not only raised more than $1 million for bushfire relief, it enabled us to raise further funds for the bushfire appeal, and now finds its home here at the Bradman Museum for all Australian cricket fans to enjoy.
“Even though our tour of the cap was cut short due to coronavirus, through the Bank’s contributions to disaster relief and the support of our customers, we contributed close to $20 million to support the community over the past financial year. Once again we see the power of the Baggy Green to inspire and lift our nation.”