Mas Bailey And Nabbie Baksh Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Mascelles Bailey has played cricket in the Metropolitan Cricket league for more than a quarter century, as well as serving the league in several capacities, including two stints as its President. He currently sits on the administrative board of the New York Cricket Region, in his capacity as President of Metropolitan Cricket League.
A former civil servant in his native Jamaica, Mascelles Bailey migrated to the United States of America in 1968 and soon found himself im mersed in the banking industry at Chemical Bank, where his love of cricket soon began to play an important part of his everyday life as a banker, and his interaction with banking colleagues, he was soon after instrumental in forming the Bankers Athletic Cricket League.
Founded in 1971, the Bankers Athletic Cricket League featured several first-class players associated with the banking industry in New York City. Bailey was a member of the All-Star team on several occasions, serving as a useful off-break bowler. A vibrant cricket administrator and enthusiast, he is also responsible for forming the Lucas Sports Club in 1977, now also a home facility to the Metropolitan Cricket League, the United States of America Cricket Umpire's Association, and the Jamaica Civic Association of New York.
Mascelles Bailey’s contribution to the promotion, development and administration of cricket in the New York metropolitan area, was in a large part responsible for his induction into the Hall of Fame, in addition to his involvement in the local Jamaica Civic Association. His passion for the sport of cricket is demonstrated by his willingness to be a bridge-builder, while supporting “the cause” through his own funding.
In his acceptance speech, Bailey, who was introduced by Roy Sweeney, President of the USA Cricket Promoters Association, thanked the Hall of Fame for the prestigious honor bestowed, while remarking on the camaraderie t hat cricket fosters among players and non-players alike. He urged all to become more active in promoting the sport, while maintaining a true sense of brotherly love and working together to foster a better cricketing community.
A former teacher
and education administrator with the Ministry of Education in Guyana,
Umpire Baksh was an avid cricketer, before dedicating his energies
to the fine art of judicious umpiring and training those aspiring
to becoming excellent umpires. His training expertise and knowledge
of the game has earned him the respect of his peers, as well as that
of the players on the field.
In accepting his
induction into the Connecticut based Hall of Fame, Umpire Baksh shared
some anecdotes from his playing and umpiring experiences, much to
the delight of those in attendance. Baksh looking resplendent in his
white USACUA dinner jacket, was well-supported by several of his umpiring
colleagues, similarly dressed.
A large contingent
of New Yorkers traveled to Connecticut to attend the induction ceremony
and dinner, and to support the induction of Bailey and Baksh.
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