Bacchus' playing career for the West Indies started after the entire team were sacked for switching to Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.
But he impressed sufficiently that he kept his place even when the defectors were allowed back.
His finest hour was his 250 against India - his sole Test century.
He enjoyed a second international career after switching to the United States, where he captained the national side before taking over as coach.
Bacchus believes trying to attract youngsters into the game is the key if the USA is to develop as a cricket-playing nation.
"The bulk of people who play cricket in America originate from other countries where cricket is popular so they tend to be people who are past their best," he said.
"We have got to get school kids involved. If that happens, it gets carried into schools, then parents get involved and then sponsorship comes in and you can hire better coaches. Then there is no limit."
Did you know? Played in the rebel tour to South Africa in 1983-4.