Legacy found want­ing

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by car­losatwell @na­tion­news.com

Both Na­tional Hero Sir Garfield Sobers and the late Sir Frank Wor­rell have left an in­deli­ble mark on the Bar­ba­dian, Caribbean and world sport­ing land­scape.

How­ever, these crick­et­ing le­gends have not been as memo­ri­alised as they could have been in their na­tive coun­try as there is hardly any mem­o­ra­bilia from ei­ther of Sir Garfield’s his­toric in­nings in the Cricket Le­gends Mu­seum and noth­ing at all from Sir Frank.

Nei­ther of their child­hood homes are na­tional land­marks.

The feats of the pair are well doc­u­mented and in­deed there is an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of pic­tures, quotes, achieve­ments and ci­ta­tions per­tain­ing to Sir Garfield in the Cricket Le­gends Mu­seum, lo­cated in Fontabelle, St Michael. How­ever, the only piece of mem­o­ra­bilia from his his­toric six sixes is a cricket ball thought to be as­so­ci­ated with the event.

No mem­o­ra­bilia

Un­like the dis­plays from other crick­et­ing le­gends Sir Wes Hall and Sir Charles Grif­fith, there are no blaz­ers, caps, pads, wick­ets or bats owned ei­ther by Sir Garfield or by Sir Frank, much to the dis­may of mu­seum of­fice man­ager Ju­lia Caine.

“Sir Frank died [in 1967] be­fore the mu­seum was opened and we’ve never been able to source any­thing from him. It is a real shame so many of these pre­cious items have been lost – pieces of his­tory that can never be re­cov­ered,” she said.

Rawle Brancker, a mu­seum di­rec­tor, said the rea­son there was so lit­tle mem­o­ra­bilia from Sir Garfield was partly due to the man him­self, who he said gave al­most ev­ery­thing away.

“He gave away the ma­jor­ity of it and what is left is in the mu­seum. The mu­seum has a lot of stuff from other play­ers – it is one of Bar­ba­dos’ best kept se­crets – but not Sir Garry, that’s just how he is, not both­ered, a very spir­i­tual man,” he said.

Brancker said some of Sir Garfield’s be­long­ings from his games had been stolen in Aus­tralia, adding they were worth more than what­ever they had been sold for.

A trip to Wal­cott Av­enue, Bay­land, St Michael, to Sir Garfield’s birth­place re­vealed a struc­ture still rel­a­tively well kept al­beit non­de­script. His younger brother Saul is the lone oc­cu­pant of the house but told the Week­end Na­tion he did not do in­ter­views. The team asked neigh­bours whether they thought the house should be

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