Lenn Sakata, a manager in the San Francisco Giants minor-league system, became the first player born and raised in Hawai’i to play in the World Series when he was with the Baltimore Orioles in 1983.

Sakata, a Kalani High School Graduate, was a middle infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, the Orioles, the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees from 1975 to 1987.

He was the last Oriole to play shortstop before Cal Ripken, Jr. began his ironman string. He was an All-Star in High School, an All-American in College and was drafted into the pros in the first round in 1975 by Milwaukee.

Sakata was selected by CNN Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 greatest sports figures in Hawai’i history. He graduated from Kalani High School in 1971.

BORN 1953

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