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Monday, October 23, 2000



Alexander Joy Cartwright

Honolulu strikes out
on hall-of-famer’s plaque

Now that we're knee-deep in the "Subway Series," it's a good time to recall that the guy generally credited with codifying the rules of modern baseball, Alexander Joy Cartwright, played the game on the Elysian Fields of Hoboken, New Jersey, before moving to Hawaii and becoming Honolulu's fire chief.

Wat Dat?He's buried in Oahu Cemetery, and his grave has become a shrine to baseball fans, although in his day the game was called "base ball." So much a shrine that at least one woman has faked a "Cartwright" death certificate in order to be interred in the family plot.

Cartwright was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the '30s, and a reproduction of the Hall's brass plaque has hung at Honolulu's City Hall ever since ...

No, wait! It's gone! Hala! There is a blank spot on the wall! Has Alexander Joy Cartwright finally stolen home?

The plaque was quietly taken down about five years ago at the request of the Cartwright family -- some of whom were unaware it was being removed -- and returned to them. According to City Hall officials, the family claimed they had paid for it and didn't feel it was being properly maintained, so it was given back.

Now there is no Honolulu remembrance of Cartwright's baseball-pioneering, even though a decade ago there was a failed legislative effort to erect a statue to Cartwright on the lawn of the State Library.

The Cartwrights then sold the plaque, along with some other memorabilia, to a collector named Barry Halper, who was trying to create a baseball museum in Hoboken. Alas, the city of Hoboken was no more interested in preserving baseball history than Honolulu, and Halper was recently forced to liquidate his collection via Sotheby's auction house.

It was one of the biggest auctions of sports memorabilia ever. The Alexander Joy Cartwright Baseball Hall of Fame plaque that hung in Honolulu's City Hall sold for $13,000 to an anonymous buyer. It's gone forever. Strike three!

Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin

Da Kine

Reign on the lawn

Kapi'olani Community College will be offering music, food and Diamond Head silhouetted against a night sky at a free concert Nov. 4.

Performing on the campus lawn from 7 to 10 p.m. will be Kapena, Picante and Reign.

Booths run by student clubs will also be selling food to those who get the munchies.

Parking is free in the campus lots. For more information call 734-9576.

Plan ahead for bazaar

The dates have been set for the Academy of Arts World Art Bazaar. The event will open at 10 a.m. Nov. 25 for those seeking holiday gift items from exotic ports of call, from India to Papua New Guinea, without leaving the islands.

There will be vintage Thai silk ikat sarongs, carved wooden animals from Mexico, copper batik printing blocks from Indonesia, antique Chinese baskets, and much more.

The 19th annual event will be open during normal museum hours, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23.

No museum admission will be charged for visitors to the World Art Bazaar, Academy Shop or Garden Cafe.

For more information, call 532-8700.

Nabors and friends return

The fourth annual "A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors" starring Jim Nabors and the Honolulu Symphony will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Hawaii Theatre.

Tickets -- $40 and $50 -- are on sale at the Hawaii Theatre box office and Ticket Plus outlets. Charge by phone by calling 528-0506.

Honolulu Pops conductor Matt Catingub will conduct. The show will also star Jimmy Borges, Karen Keawehawaii, Emma Veary and a number of adult and keiki performing groups.

Radio Log


KONG 570-AM / 93.5 FM: Adult contemporary rock with some Hawaiian music
KSSK 590-AM / 92.3-FM: Adult contemporary music
KHNR 650-AM: CNN news, sports
KQMQ 93.1-FM: Contemporary hit radio
KQMQ 690-AM: Radio Disney
KGU 760-AM: Talk, news, sports
KHVH 830-AM: News, talk, traffic, weather
KAIM 870-AM / 95.5-FM: Christian radio
KJPN 940-AM: Japanese-language shows
KIKI 990-AM / 93.9-FM: Contemporary country AM; contemporary hits FM
KLHT 1040-AM: Christian radio
KWAI 1080-AM: Talk radio
KZOO 1210-AM: Japanese-language shows
KNDI 1270-AM: Live news from the Philippines; programs in 10 languages
KIFO 1380-AM: News, public affairs
KCCN 1420-AM / 100.3-FM: All talk / UH sports AM; contemporary island hits, FM
KUMU 1500-AM / 94.7-FM: Adult standards, AM; light rock, FM
KHPR 88.1-FM: Classical, news, public affairs
KIPO 89.3-FM: Jazz, classical, news
KTUH 90.3-FM: Jazz, blues, Hawaiian, rock, country and alternative
KKUA 90.7-FM: Classical, news, public affairs
KKCR 90.9 / 91.9-FM: Hawaiian music, midnight-3 p.m.; and rock, reggae, classical and new age
KRTR 96.3-FM: Adult contemporary music and news
KPOI 97.5-FM: Modern rock
KDNN 98.5-FM: Contemporary Hawaiian
KORL 99.5-FM: Adult contemporary
STAR 101.9-FM: Modern hits
KKHN 102.7-FM: Country
KXME 104.3-FM: Top 40
KINE 105.1-FM: Hawaiian
KGMZ 107.9-FM: Oldies

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