For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few
of the locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include
J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Derrek Lee, Manny Parra and many more.
Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around
here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch,
Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg
Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.
Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and now Cincinnati Reds)
Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies)
Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets)
Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays)
Johnny McNamara (6 teams)
Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens
through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who
performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more
about that tour at ThePitchBook.com).
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Players from Sacramento in the History
* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba
City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.