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Wednesday, April 9, 1997

Ball player ‘Prince’ Oana
died in 1976 in Texas

What ever happened to Henry "Prince" Oana, a Hawaiian who pitched for the Detroit Tigers?

Henry "Prince" Oana, a native of Waipahu, died June 19, 1976, at age 68 at his home in Austin, Texas. He had a lengthy career in minor league baseball and spent parts of three seasons in the majors: with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1934, and the Detroit Tigers in 1943 and 1945.

In six games with the Phillies in 1934 as an outfielder and pinch-hitter, he had five hits, including one double in 21 at bats for a .238 batting average.

His 1943 Tiger pitching record was 3-2 in 10 games, with a 4.50 earned run average. He pitched 34 innings, all in relief, and allowed 34 hits. A good hitting pitcher, he had 10 hits in 26 at bats for a .385 batting average.

In 1945, he pitched in three games, starting one, with no decisions and a 1.59 ERA. He pitched 111/3 innings, allowing three hits and seven walks. He had one hit in five at bats in 1945 for a .200 batting average.

Oana's last season was 1951 with Texarkana in the Big State League. He also played with the old San Francisco Seals and Portland of the Pacific Coast League, and Dallas and Fort Worth in the Texas League.

Known as "Nutsky" in Hawaii, he starred in track, swimming, football, baseball and basketball in the 1920s in high school at St. Louis.

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