Keith Stainford

Dr. Keith Sandiford

Professor Emeritus, History, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. Born: Barbados.

Professor Keith Sandiford taught history at the University of Manitoba from 1966-1998, and is one of the pioneers of the historical sociology of sports and has published extensively in this field. Dr. Sandiford is considered one of the leading cricket sociologists and statisticians in the world and has written extensively on this as well as other topics, ranging from Victorian politics and diplomacy, to Barbadian culture and education. Within the university, he served two terms as Chair of the Graduate Studies Program/History; chaired the Teaching Advisory Committee (1986-93); and, was appointed the first Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Human Rights in 1991.

Community: Former President, Barbados Association of Winnipeg; Caribbean Seniors of Manitoba; National Council of Barbadian Associations in Canada; Executive Member, National Council of Black Educators; Canadian Ethnocultural Council; Canadian Labour Force Development Board, and others.

Honours: Including, plaque for Outstanding & Selfless Community Service, Dinamba Intercultural Association of Manitoba, (2009); inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); Gold Crown of Merit, Government of Barbados (2004); Community Service Award, Caribbean Millennium Committee (2001); Lifetime Achievement Award, Manitoba Black History Month Committee (2000); Meritorious Service Plaque, Afro-Caribbean Association (1993); Merit Award, for excellent teaching and for outstanding service, University of Manitoba (1991 & ‘92); Meritorious Service plaque, Barbados Association of Winnipeg (1993); plaque for contribution to the sport of cricket as one of its leading historians, Barbados Cricket Association.

Works (selected): A Black Studies Primer: Heroes & Heroines of the African Diaspora (2008); 25 Years of Pride and Industry: The Barbados Association of Winnipeg (1977-2002); At the Crease with Gary Sobers (2001); Cassius: From Wharf Boy to Role Model (2001); Combermere School and the Barbadian Society (1995); Cricket Nurseries of Colonial Barbados (1998); Combermere School and the Barbadian Society (1995); Cricket and the Victorians (1994); Great Britain & the Schleswig Question (1975). Editor-in-Chief: Some Barbadian-Canadians: A Biographical Dictionary (2010). Contributed to: Encyclopedia of Manitoba (2007), Encyclopaedia of the Modern World (2006), Biographical Dictionary of British Economists (2004) and Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia (1989). Articles on cricket in: Albion; British Journal Sports History; Canadian Journal of History; Historical Reflections; Journal of Sport History; International Journal History of Sport; Our Voice. Non-cricket articles in: Bulletin of Eastern Caribbean Affairs; Journal of Caribbean Studies; Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia, 1989.

Education: PhD (1966); Master of Arts, University of Toronto (1961); Bachelor of Arts, University of West Indies/London (1960).

Favourite Book: Beyond a Boundary by C.L.R. James (1963). It is the first serious attempt at the historical sociology of sport and remains a classic in cricket literature.

Favourite quote? “What do they know of cricket, who only cricket know”? – This is the famous question that C.L.R. James asked his readers in 1963.

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Given the chance, I would like to meet Fidel Castro, Wayne Gretzky, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Bobby Orr.

Who inspires you? I continue to be inspired by the careers of Aristotle, C.L.R. James, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Sir Garfield Sobers.  Aristotle and James were outstanding scholars who knew more than most of their contemporaries about a wide variety of disciplines.  Gandhi, King and Mandela proved conclusively that words and deeds were mightier than swords and guns.  Sobers showed how it was possible for a professional player to excel in every department of his or her sport.

Why do you do what you do? Writing is what I have almost always done. Basically, I write for two main reasons: I do so because I am a compulsive writer.  Secondly, I have always believed that my opinions, whatever their intrinsic value, will be absolutely worthless unless they are expressed in readable prose for the rest of the world to ponder and evaluate.

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