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Blaisdell showed leadership on and off athletic field

By Bob Sigall

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2014

~~<p>The first Hawaii-born athlete to pitch for the Baltimore Orioles was nicknamed &quot;Rusty.&quot; He was one of the finest all-around Hawaii athletes in the early part of the 1920s. In his freshman year at the University of Hawaii, he quarterbacked Otto &quot;Proc&quot; Klum's Fighting Deans.</p>
<p>He played basketball and was a good enough southpaw pitcher to earn a job with the 1926 Baltimore Orioles. Oh, and he was elected mayor of Honolulu five times.</p>
~~

The first Hawaii-born athlete to pitch for the Baltimore Orioles was nicknamed "Rusty." He was one of the finest all-around Hawaii athletes in the early part of the 1920s. In his freshman year at the University of Hawaii, he quarterbacked Otto "Proc" Klum's Fighting Deans.

He played basketball and was a good enough southpaw pitcher to earn a job with the 1926 Baltimore Orioles. Oh, and he was elected mayor of Honolulu five times. Login for more...



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