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Question about Danny Germs Austin?

 
WestDem 2019-04-20 02:33:27 

Did his Jamaican fans poison him and his talent because he was more talented than them or he was just a druggie from birth? In my mind he could have been one of the worlds greatest all rounder! cool

 
Jumpstart 2019-04-20 03:06:20 

In reply to WestDem

I got the impression that he and Herbert Chang starTed Drugs because of the backlash of the SA rebel tour

 
mikesiva 2019-04-20 08:41:59 

In reply to Jumpstart

I interviewed Austin for radio in the mid-1990s, and he was very eloquent when talking about the recent Test series loss to Australia. But when I broached his rebel tour of South Africa, he went to pieces and became incoherent and rambling. It's clear that the backlash to the rebel tour of SA affected him in so many ways.

 
Jumpstart 2019-04-20 08:55:36 

In reply to mikesiva

Yeah. That's what I heard too.

 
methodic 2019-04-20 10:16:29 

[b]In reply to Jumpstart and mikesiva

Did his Jamaican fans poison him and his talent because he was more talented than them or he was just a druggie from birth? In my mind he could have been one of the worlds greatest all rounder! cool


Yes! but the two of you have to be smart enough to recognize that this is a reply by WestDem filled with nationalistic degradation and racist overtones to a genuine question asked by solidrock. To post well thought out responses give this thread more credence than it deserves. In my next reply I will give WestDem the response he deserves.

 
methodic 2019-04-20 10:25:10 

In reply to WestDem

Did his Jamaican fans poison him and his talent because he was more talented than them or he was just a druggie from birth? In my mind he could have been one of the worlds greatest all rounder


WestDem Fack you

 
Drapsey 2019-04-20 11:58:25 

In reply to Jumpstart

I got the impression that he and Herbert Chang starTed Drugs because of the backlash of the SA rebel tour

There was a story about Austin having some kind of run-in with his captain Clive Lloyd on his first engagement with the West Indies (or the Kerry Packer troop). I think it was a case of him having weed in his luggage.

When 'challenged' by Lloyd, he shook it off as "Just a likkle weed, man", to paraphrase.

That incident was way before the SA Rebel tour.

 
JamMack 2019-04-20 12:51:25 

In reply to WestDem

You are a phucking asshole asking that stupid question. evil

 
WestDem 2019-04-20 13:25:17 

Life can really be funny. When numerous threads are started to diss my homies, I will return such with interest... not seeing allyuh calling those that called Hoops a goat, eff allyuh too!

 
sgtdjones 2019-04-20 13:58:07 

In reply to WestDem

Cussbud

You just cant stay quiet on Easter huh?

Gotta start fights.

lol lol lol

 
JamMack 2019-04-20 20:29:40 

In reply to WestDem

To be call the GOAT in sports is the highest compliment an athlete can get considering what it means.

 
WestDem 2019-04-20 21:37:22 

In reply to JamMack

You are still an idiot! Go do what you are not good at and maybe, just maybe you can get outta normal zone and into the smarter one! Darn! cool

 
Jumpstart 2019-04-20 21:56:46 

In reply to methodic

Sorry. I didn't know. Should have known by the name. Anyways, really unfortunate what happened to those guys. But they should have never gone there. No price on dignity and respect. They could have waited for county contracts. West Indies players were the #1 players in demand in the circuit

 
jcveletta 2019-04-20 22:24:18 

In reply to WestDem

I hope he is doing well.

 
methodic 2019-04-20 22:33:43 

In reply to Jumpstart

respect

 
googly1961 2019-04-21 14:31:46 

In reply to WestDem

Reminder that the man represented Jamaica at the international level in two sports... football and cricket..

As a cricketer... the man opened the batting. He played a sheet anchor role or attacked on other occasions... depended on the situation. Bowled decent medium pace and off-spin..

In football, he was a creative forward.

Talent for days...Sad that he was unable to maximize its use

For the Americans... Austin pre-dated Vincent "Bo" Jackson and Deion "Primetime" Sanders

 
Chrissy 2019-04-21 14:49:26 

In reply to googly1961

Austin lived in Mona Heights. It seems to me that mental illness ran in the family since his brother aka Treasure had serious psychiatric problems.
And yes he was a multi-talented athlete who had lots of support from good people even after he sold out for rand.

 
noved 2019-04-21 17:25:32 

In reply to jcveletta

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2015/sports/02/08/former-west-indies-rounder-richard-austin-dies/

 
googly1961 2019-04-21 20:57:14 

In reply to Chrissy

It seems to me that mental illness ran in the family since his brother aka Treasure had serious psychiatric problems.



Interesting. probably something to that

 
jacksprat 2019-04-22 01:55:29 

In reply to googly1961

When did Germs play football for Jamaica ?

I remember him playing Major League football for Arnett Garden at the same time he played Shell Shield cricket for Jamaica but was not aware he played football at the national representative level.

He was also a fantastic table tennis player and also dabbled in track and field.

 
JamMack 2019-04-22 11:55:53 

In reply to jacksprat

I don't recall him playing football for Jamaica either. He was also a good wicket keeper.

 
jacksprat 2019-04-22 12:55:06 

You are correct!

He was a poor man's Garry Sobers - opening bats/wicketkeeper/off spinner/medium pacer in cricket plus his prowess at several other sports.

 
solidrock 2019-04-22 13:00:34 

Question for Jamaicans familiar with schoolboy sports on the Island in the seventies...

Of the following who were truly gifted with exceptional multi-sport abilities, who seemed to be the best all-around?

1. Richard Danny Germs Austin (cricket, table tennis, football)

2. Herbert Dago Gordon (cricket, football)

3. Jeffrey Mordecai (cricket, football, field hockey)

I choose Mordecai because he seemed to be the most consistent winner in all sports he took part in. Of course, after winning everything in high school, he continued to be a winner academically and did not play sports as steadily as he could have nationally. [I am a bit clouded in my judgment being a Wolmerian. WE simply did not know how to lose at most sports in the seventies. It was a mindset even when we had a weaker team]

Maybe, I should ask also of the three mentioned above who was the best wicket-keeper/batsman?

 
JoeGrine 2019-04-22 15:18:08 

 
jacksprat 2019-04-22 15:32:06 

In reply to solidrock

Hebert Dago Gordon - Football, Cricket, Table Tennis
(He was a more accomplished footballer than either and many rated him a better wicket keeper than Mordecai and at least the equal of Austin as a batsman)

Peter (Dove) Marston - National Representative in both football & cricket (U19)

Bancroft Gordon - National Representative Football, Basketball, Hockey - Academic Scholarship to Harvard University

Maurice Foster - National Representative Table Tennis, Cricket, Golf

JK Holt - National Representative Football, Cricket.

Lloyd (Respic) Morgan - National Representative Football, cricket