Sir Frank Worrell, the outstanding former West Indies cricket captain and one of Empire Club’s most prominent members, died March 13, 1967 at the age of 42. He would have celebrated his 85th birthday today, Emancipation Day. The club is holding a tribute today with George Lamming as the featured speaker.
Worrell was born on August 1, 1924 at Boston Ville, Bank Hall, adjacent to the Empire Club playing field. Tae, as he was familiarly known, a stylish right-hander and useaful left-arm seam bowler, broke the color barrier in cricket when (following an intense writing campaign by C. L. R. James) he became the first black captain of the West Indies cricket team in 1960. Worrell played in 51 Test matches, scoring 3 860 runs, including nine centuries at an average of 49.48.He is generally regarded, according to the Barbados Advocate, as “the liberator of West Indian cricket from servitude and white plantation management.”
The activities today, in addition to George Lamming’s lecture, include a welcome from Maurice Gaskin, President of Empire Club, prayers by The Right Reverend Dr. Wilfred D. Wood, KA, a former Bishop of Croydon, England and the first prelate of African descent to be enthroned in the Church of England in England, and musical performances.