The Cricket Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization
dedicated to promote and develop the game of cricket in the
United States, inducting local and international cricket Heroes
for their contribution to the game of cricket and to make
a difference in the community through charities, in the true
spirit of the game.
Our Meeting night is every Wednesday at 8:00pm.
3000 main street, hartford, CT 2nd floor. Please feel free to attend and become part of this growing organization.
cricket Hall of Fame in United States"
The answer is Yes!.
In February 1981, it was the vision of the Executive Committee
of Sportsmen's Athletic Club in Hartford, CT to launch the
First Cricket Hall of Fame in the World. The birth of the
Cricket Hall of Fame came about only after a number of attempts
to start it did not materialize. It was initially thought
to start the Hall of Fame with participation of Organization
throughout the U.S. The organizations had a verbal encouragement
but no concrete action. Unmoved by the lack of real interest,
The Executive Committee at its February 1981 meeting agreed
to recommend to the membership of its parent body, the Sportsmen's
Athletic Club, Inc., that the program be instituted on an
in-house basis. The rest is now History.
The first Annual Cricket
Hall of fame Induction Dinner was held on October 17,1981
at the Hartford Holiday Inn Hotel. The affair was well attended
and the festive nature of the program prevailed. The inductees
were James Gabriel, John Law, Lloyd Walford, Alfred valentine,
Lance Gibbs and Wesley Hall.
The Hall of Fame earned
the respect of Cricket players and lovers far and wide. But,
a decision to move the induction ceremony to New York resulted
in the function not coming off as expected and in a total
inactivity of the Hall of Fame. After a Five year stagnation,
in 1997, a bold effort by Linford Miller, who was the president
of Sportsmen's, paid off and the institution was reborn. Under
the leadership of former Sportsmen's President Micheal Chambers,
the Hall of Fame has not only become active but it has regained
the respect that it previously had and is geared to move on
to greater heights.
Since its revival,
The Hall of Fame has not only taken over the popular Six-a-side
tournament but has moved to the forefront aiding many deserving
charities. This included the raising of over 400,000 surgical
gloves for the health workers working with AIDS infected children
in Jamaica, making donations to local charities. The Humanitarian
awards ceremony launched in the year 2000 raised funds for
the Boys' Town project and Boy Scouts movement in Jamaica,
and a youth Hotline in Barbados, a Children's Home in St Lucia
and Alvin Kallicharan Foundation in Guyana.
Our Committee members:
- Denton McCalla, President
- Michael Chambers, Director
- Dolton James, Ph.D.,Assistant Coordinator
- Jessica Angelo-Julien, Program Coordinator (For information)
- John Ovid, Treasurer
- Vernon Tennant, Secretary
- Stanford Walker, Public Relations Secretary
- Errol Archer
- Gearge Steir
- Patrick Hamilton
- D. B. Grant
- Keith Dehaney
- Pauline Davis
- Beverly Cohen
Hall of Fame moves to more spacious quarters
Hartford’s Cricket Hall of Fame is getting close to
realizing its dream of becoming a museum that will add to
the tourist attractions that are presently available in the
city. Through the initiative of its director, Michael Chambers,
the Hall of Fame has moved to more spacious quarters at the
same location and is presently undergoing extensive refurbishing.
Following the completion of the refurbishing, a grand opening
will be held on Friday, July 18, in conjunction with Sportsmen’s
Club, who this year will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The interior of the Sportsmen’s Club is also undergoing
extensive renovation to bring the facility in line with others
of its kind, president John Barrett said.
Established in 1981, by members of Sportsmen’s, the
Hall of Fame’s first Induction Dinner was held October
17, 1981, at the Hartford Holiday Inn Hotel. A capacity crowd
which was in a festive mood helped celebrate the induction
of its first inductees, James Gabriel, John Law and Lloyd
Walford, for their contribution to the sport in the U.S.,
and former West Indian stars Alfred Valentine, Lance Gibbs
and Wesley Hall.
A decision to move the induction ceremony to New York resulted
in a five-year stagnation of the institution. However, since
its revival in 1997, the Hall of Fame has inducted former
world cricket stars Sir Vivian Richards of Antigua and Indian
batting legend Sunil Gavaskar. The Hall of Fame which has
since regained its respect in the community has also taken
over the popular Six-a-Side tournament held each year in Hartford
and also aided deserving charities.
Members of the cricketing community who may have in their
procession books, photographs, cricket objects, artifacts,
films or other of historical significance of the sport are
urged to consider donating them to the Hall of Fame.
Hartford’s Cricket Hall of Fame is a division of the
Sportsmen’s Athletic Club.
Please stop by the new location at 3000, Main Street , Hartford,CT.
Our Meeting night is every Wednesday at 8:00pm.
3000 main street, Hartford, CT 2nd floor. Please feel free to attend and become part of this growing organization.