CRICKET HALL OF FAME
The Cricket Hall of Fame is a non-profit (501©7) organization dedicated to promote and develop the game of cricket in the United States and Canada, inducting local and international cricket heroes for their contributions to the game and to make a difference in the community through charities, in the true spirit of the game.
Our Meeting night is every Wednesdays at 8:00 pm. at 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 Sportmen's Athletic Club in Hartford, CT, to launch the First Cricket Hall of Fame in the world. The birth of the institution 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 organizations throughout the U.S. The organizers had 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 Sportmen'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’s 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. This resulted in a total inactivity of the institution. After a five-year stagnation, in 1997, a bold effort by Linford Miller, who was then president of Sportmen's, paid off and the institution was reborn. Under the leadership of former Sportmen's President Michael Chambers, the Hall of Fame has not only become active again but 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 that was held here in Hartford, but has moved to the forefront aiding a few deserving charities. This included the raising of over 400,000 surgical gloves for the health workers of AIDS infected children in Jamaica. They also launched Humanitarian awards ceremonies in the year 2000 in which they raised funds for the Boys' Town project and Boy Scouts movement in Jamaica, a youth Hotline in Barbados, a Children's Home in St Lucia and Alvin Kallicharan”s Foundation in Guyana.
Our Committee members:
Rosezina Winch, President
Michael Chambers, Executive Director
Dolton James, Ph.D., Assistant Director
Jessica Angelo-Julien, Program Coordinator
Ovid John, Treasurer
Stanford Walker, Public Relations Director
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.