Due to being 2500 miles from their nearest opponent, the PCL had a unique schedule for the Islanders. Initially, teams made one four and one seven game visit to the Islands with the Islanders doing the same. Later, as the league expanded, the Islanders played 8 game series against each team in order to cut down on travel costs.
The travel costs also applied to the radio coverage of the Islanders games-in the early years of the team in the 1960s, the Islanders radio announcer would use the old method of "re-creating" the road games in the Honolulu radio studio, which was a throwback to the 1930s. In those days, the team's radio play by play man was Harry Kalas, who had just gotten out of the service. When Harry later moved on to the Mainland (with the Philadelphia Phillies), he was replaced as Islanders play by play man by a youngster named Al Michaels.
But being located thousands of miles from the mainland PCL ultimately proved too much of a challenge. The Islanders achieved success and stability as a longtime affiliate of the Angels and the San Diego Padres, but when those teams found tie-ups closer to home, Hawaii shifted from organization to organization. It was also affiliated over the years with the Kansas City A's, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Its last club, in 1987, finished last in its division and last overall in attendance (a little over 116,000) in the PCL.
|1961||68-86||6th||Tommy Heath / Bill Werle||none|
|1965||75-72||6th (t)||George Case|
|1970||98-48||1st||Chuck Tanner||Lost League Finals|
|1971||73-73||4th (t)||Bill Adair|
|1973||70-74||5th||Rocky Bridges / Warren Hacker / Roy Hartsfield|
|1975||88-56||1st||Roy Hartsfield||League Champs|
|1976||77-68||2nd||Roy Hartsfield||League Champs|
|1980||76-65||5th||Doug Rader||Lost League Finals|
|1981||72-65||3rd (t)||Doug Rader||Lost in 1st round|
|1984||87-53||1st||Tommy Sandt||Lost League Finals|
|1985||84-59||1st||Tommy Sandt||Lost in 1st round|
Election stirs up politics in tranquil Hawaii; Islanders choose from 44 congressional candidates - few with experience - in a Jan. 4 vote to fill vacancy.(USA)
Dec 31, 2002; Byline: Alex Salkever Special to The Christian Science Monitor HONOLULU -- Pity the poor Hawaii voter. When half the state's...