Legacy found wanting
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.
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