Alexander Joy Cartwright, one of the founders of the amateur Knickerbocker Baseball Club, developed the rules of the game. Those rules were first used in a game at Hoboken, New Jersey, on July 19, 1846, between the Knickerbockers and the New York Nine.
After arriving in Honolulu in 1849, he quickly became a familiar sports figure throughout the kingdom and immediately began teaching the game to anyone who wanted to learn. There is a baseball field named in his honor in Makiki, Oahu, Hawai'i.
Cartwright was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in 1938.
Ellis Island opened as New York Immigration Depot in 1890.