Nicknamed "Happy Jack" for his upbeat and good-natured attitude, he made his Test debut for England March 15, 1877.
When he was 16 years old, he joined the local Pitsmoor team.
He batted right-handed and was a right-arm fast bowler.
He was born and raised in Pitsmoor, Yorkshire, England.
Tom Emmett was his teammate on the English national team.