(1924–67) The first black player to captain the West Indies cricket team. Worrell was born in Barbados but raised for much of his childhood in Jamaica. The successful campaign for him to have the captaincy was led by writer, journalist, and activist C. L. R. James, and Worrell led the West Indies from 1960–61 to 1963. His captaincy was a major stimulus to the development of black Caribbean political consciousness and he also acted as a senator in Jamaica, and was knighted in 1964; after his tragically early death from leukaemia, a memorial service was held in Westminster Abbey, the first time that such an event had occurred for a sporting figure.
From A Dictionary of Sports Studies in Oxford Reference.
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