Alexandar Joy Cartwright Jr.’s Legacy in Hawaii

Today in history — July 12, 1892 — Known as the inventor of modern baseball, Alexandar Joy Cartwright Jr. passed away in Hawaii, where he lived during the second half of his life.

While people have recently questioned Cartwright’s role as the inventor, he definitely spread modern baseball throughout Hawaii. As his two youngest sons, Bruce and Allie, attended Punahou School (then Oahu College) from 1864 to 1869, the school also popularized modern baseball in Hawaii. In fact, Allie played baseball with his classmate Lorrin A. Thurston–decades before he led the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

As a friend to Hawaiian royalty, Cartwright served in political posts. He founded the Honolulu Fire Department and managed it as chief for years. As the Consul of Peru, Cartwright assisted Peruvian merchants in Honolulu. Cartwright also served as executee and trustee of royal wills including Princess Likelike’s (Princess Kaiulani’s mother) and Queen Emma Rooke’s.

Cartwright’s legacy still lives on today. People still play ball on Makiki Field, now known as Cartwright Field. Each year, the Hawaii state high school baseball champions receive the Cartwright Cup. And Cartwright’s descendants still live in Hawaii.

Read about Cartwright’s legacy in “A Great Loss.”

“A Great Loss”
The Daily bulletin, July 13, 1892, Image 4
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016412/1892-07-13/ed-1/seq-4/

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