Early Baseball Reporting in Hawaii

“Quite an interesting game of ball came off yesterday afternoon,” said the Polynesian when it reported the first known baseball game in Hawaii in April 1860. Esplanade, Punahou Boys, and the Town Boys played ball on Sheriff Brown’s property. The players were “some of the leading merchants and their clerks.”

From here on, Hawaii newspapers covered baseball.

From May 1889, The Daily Bulletin and The Pacific Commercial Advertiser ran weekly game recaps of Hawaii Baseball League’s five teams with box scores and current team win/lose.

On May 16, 1889, The Daily Bulletin published the National League and American Association standings.

In January 1903, the new cable service to California enabled quick delivery of sports news, and The Daily Bulletin reported the 1903 World Series game, with the Boston Americans beating the Pittsburgh Pirates (fifth blurb).

In July 1912, the commercial radio telegraph service was established in Hawaii, and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Pacific Commercial Advertiser reported the results of the 1912 World Series games on their front pages.

– Alice Kim

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Sources from Chronicling America

“Game of Ball”
Polynesian, April 7, 1860, Image 2

“Baseball League”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, July 17, 1885, Image 2

“Good Boys: The Kamehamehas Wale Away with the Honolulus”
The Daily bulletin, May 13, 1889, Image 3

“How They Stand”
The Daily bulletin, May 16, 1889, Image 2

“World News by Cable”
Evening bulletin, October 14, 1903, Page 2

“Boston Is Winner Again: Bedient, Youngster, Outpitches Might Mathewson and Wins 2 to 1”
Honolulu star-bulletin, October 12, 1912, Image 1