On this day in 1914, the Kamehameha baseball team looked unbeatable.
Mills College proved otherwise.
Denichi Takeuchi provided the highlight of the 5-2 upset, stealing third and home to provide the telling run. Takeuchi grew up to become an influential person in Japan, taking that country’s Olympic team on a tour of the Americas.
The loss took more out of Kamehameha than it was supposed to, as Punahou went on to win the ILH for the third straight year, the first under Frank Midkiff. The Owls beat the Buffanblu on the last day of the season, finishing 6-3 to Punahou’s 7-2. Kamehameha finished a half game back at 7-3. Five days later, Punahou threatened to leave the school league when it passed a rule banning graduates from playing and the AAU deemed Punahou to be a professional team.
The school played Keio a week later in defiance of those rules but eventually fell in line but organizing two teams: One of current students and another of graduates.