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Ben Wood

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Riley Wallace takes
Red Rocha to Murphy’s
for Curran’s show

Former UH basketball coach Red Rocha, 81, an Oregon resident, came into Murphy's Monday with current coach Riley Wallace for Bobby Curran's "Call the Coach" show on KKEA Radio. I reminded Red about a softball game in the early 1970s between a local media-celeb team and a Hollywood stars team at Honolulu Stadium, before a Hawaii Islanders game. Clint Eastwood, Peter Graves and Rob Reiner were among the visitors, coached by ex-major leaguer Lee Walls. Former Star-Bulletin Sports Editor Jim Hackleman coached the local gang that included Rocha, Jim Leahy, Bulletin sportswriters Dick Couch and Randy Cadiente and KGMB-TV's Bob Sevey, Bob Jones, Tim Tindall and Joe Moore. Don Ho was our pitcher. Late in the game we locals were slightly ahead but the visitors had men on first and second with no outs. Up stepped former slugger Walls to pinch hit. He hit a screaming liner to third. Couch speared the rocket that nearly took his arm off, whipped the ball to Sevey at second, who hurled it to Rocha at first for a triple play. We won! ...

Mai Tai Sing, ex-staffers to join Trappers Jam

Ex-Trappers manager Mai Tai Sing and several of her former bartenders and waitresses will be at the old Trappers Lounge in the Hyatt Waikiki at 9:30 p.m. April 1, when Jimmy Borges, the Rich Crandall Trio and their guests take the stage. The Trappers Jam follows the Hawaii International Jazz Festival's Swingtime in Hawaii Part II show in the Hyatt Ballroom that starts at 8 p.m. One ticket purchase includes both events. Call Abe Weinstein for tickets at 941-9974 ...

Hilton's Bali by the Sea staff was busy last weekend with the Pro Bowl crowd and the NFL Hall of Fame annual dinner. Steve Young and Dan Marino, who will be inducted into the Hall this summer, attended ... Compadres owner Rick Enos looked after a contingent of 80 Atlanta Falcons players, their families and fans who held a dinner party at his eatery last week ... The Society of Seven, with Lani Misalucha, has added a second concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday to follow the 2:30 p.m. performance at Hawaii Theatre. Concerts are also scheduled Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 ... Lydia Hardie, Sen. Fred Hemmings' new bride, was given a post-wedding shower at the Kahala Mandarin's Veranda Sunday. It was organized by Escada manager Mariese Montano-Smith ...

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Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things every Wednesday and Saturday. E-mail him at bwood@starbulletin.com

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