Who was Sam Kau?


Chinese Travelers Baseball Team, 1912. Sam Kau is the the second row – the first player on the left. (Photo courtesy of U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.)

The other day I stumbled across the story of Sam Kau. Kau was born to Chinese immigrant parents in Hawaii in 1890. He pitched for the All-Chinese baseball club in the early 1900s. In 1912, Kau was a member of the Chinese Travelers team that journeyed to the California and other states to play against other semi-pro, college, and minor league teams. Kau later joined the Army, serving in World War I. He trained at Ft. Meade, Maryland. In July 1918, his regiment was deployed to France.

Kau died in battle in Borne-du-Cornouiller, France, on November 5, 1918. Check out his full story at the website for Hawaii’s World War I Centennial Commission.

Thank you for your service, Sergeant Kau.

~ baseballrebecca


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