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Blast from the past: Baldwin's Glenn Oura

May 8, 2013 - Robert Collias
Many Maui fans are aware of the feats of Baldwin's Glenn Oura in the first two state baseball tournaments back in 1959 and 1960, but not everyone. Any MIL fan who does not know of Oura's accomplishments 54 and 55 years ago, should, simple as that.

The following was included in the official press release for this week's Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I state tournament going on right now at Maehara Stadium — it tells the tale of when Oura carried Baldwin to the first half of its four state baseball crowns:

OURA TO THROW FIRST PITCH

There have been many memorable individual performances in the 54-year history of the Wally Yonamine Foundation Baseball StateChampionships, but none is more amazing – or more unlikely to be duplicated – than the feats of Glenn Oura in 1959 and 1960.

Oura, a right-hander for Baldwin, was the starting pitcher for all three of the Bears’ victories in 1959 and tossed 21 out of a possible 24 innings over three consecutive days. In 1960, Oura repeated the feat of three straight starts and even exceeded it by pitching in 29 and 1/3 out of a possible 30 innings, again on consecutive days.

The result was back-to-back state titles for Baldwin and legendary status for Oura, who went a combined 6-0 in both tournaments with an earned run average of 1.07, including the HHSAA tournament’s first no-hitter (1960 semifinals vs. Kauai).

There have been several state tournament no-hitters since – including Glenn Goya’s perfect game for Punahou in the 1972 championship game – but nobody is likely to match Oura’s “Iron Arm” feat due to an HHSAA rule change implemented after the 1960 performance.

The new rule limited pitchers to 15 innings over three days (or, later, 18 innings over four days), and the current rule allows a pitcher to record 39 outs over three consecutive days or 48 over four.

Oura recorded 63 outs in 1959 and a stunning 88 outs in 1960.

Fittingly, this HHSAA pitch-limit rule — under its various forms – has been referred to as the “Glenn Oura Rule.”

Oura played junior college baseball in Idaho and graduated from the University of Oregon before returning home and becoming a teacher and coach at Baldwin.

Now retired, he currently serves on the protest committee for the Maui Interscholastic League.

The HHSAA is honored to have Mr. Oura throw out the first pitch at this year’s Wally Yonamine Foundation State Championships.

 
 

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