It's a good day to celebrate one's family
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 13, 2007
Alexander Joy Cartwright, IV, Great Great Grandson of Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr will be in Honolulu on April 17th for a family ceremony to lay to rest the ashes of his late father William Edward Cartwright at the family grave site in Oahu Cemetery. Along with Alex will be his sister Ana Beatrix Cartwright, a Hollywood seamstress and fashion designer.
"It's a good day to celebrate one's family," claims Alexander, as the 17th of April also marks the birthday of Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. Mr. Cartwright hopes to meet with local business leaders to discuss making the 17th of April a Hawaiian State Holiday celebrating the sport of baseball, and its architect Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr.
William Edward Cartwright was born May 14, 1913, (born where?) and died October 30, 1989 in Puyallup Washington. He was Retired US Naval Commander, and a Thirty Second Degree Master Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, Rose Croix, Eastern Star, Aloha Temple Shrine, and California Pioneers. William was also a member of the Augustan Society and an active Heraldry researcher. He was an avid Model Railroader, Landscape Engineer and Philatelist. William brought the winter sport Ski Bobbing to the United States in 1969, and was President of the Federation of International Ski Bobbing (FISB) for North America in 1970.
William grew up in Maui Hawaii and later in Honolulu he took over the family business of Real Estate and land Escrow. He was a student at Punaho and later at Amherst University. Many friends and colleagues referred to him as Wild Bill Cartwright, a joke telling master with a boisterous laugh that always left you happy.
He is survived by his three children Alexander, Anna and Jane, three grand children, Madeleine, Benjamin and Jenna Lynn Cartwright, and his wife of 34 years, Anne Edith Cartwright.
In the mid-1800s, Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. was the founder of the New York Knickerbocker Ball Club. Not only did he create the first organized baseball team, but he also designed the baseball diamond and specified the distance between the bases, along with other rules and regulations still in use today. Although Cartwright was only with the Knickerbockers for its first four years of existence, the club itself lasted until sometime in the 1870s. Cartwright caught Gold Fever in 1849 and ventured west. He became a kind of 'Johnny Appleseed' of baseball, teaching the game to settlers at frontier towns and Army posts, and even Indians along the way. He eventually traveled as far west as the Hawaiian Islands where he lived a notable life until his death in 1892.
His descendent, Alex Cartwright IV has become another kind of 'Johnny Appleseed,' who has spoken at various events over the years representing his ancestor's legacy. His website, MrBaseball.com, is devoted to the history of baseball, and attracts interest from baseball enthusiasts from all over the world. He receives emails for his assistance with historical baseball references from publishers and literary agents, and even from children who want help doing a school report. Last year Mr. Cartwright created the Mr. Baseball Foundation to assist small community youth groups and to offer monetary assistance to the Cystic Fibrosis Society.