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Upcoming Event--

LaSalle Club Baseball Hall of Fame To Induct 2015 Class On Feb. 21

Former major league player and manager Dusty Baker heads the 61st induction of the LaSalle Club Baseball Hall of Fame on February 21.

Also slated for induction into Sacramento's oldest athletic hall of fame will be: Leon Brown (Grant), Eddie Cervantes (Johnson), Joe Gordon (Sacramento Solons), Don Lyle (Sacramento High/Cosumnes River College), Greg Orr (Kennedy High), Manuel Perry (Sacramento High), Joe Viega (Sacramento High), and Randy Zanze (Bishop Armstrong).

Tickets are $25 and available at: http://www.thelasalleclub.com/

1/24/15

Delta #1 Pick in NorCal Community College Pre-Season Poll

San Joaquin Delta was selected as the number-one team in the California Community College Baseball Coaches pre-season poll by a wide margin over Chabot. Delta (35-11) last year won the Big-8 Conference.

Cosumnes River (24-14) and Sierra (24-17)--which tied for third in the Big-8 last year--tied for the 8th spot in NorCal pre-season poll. Sacramento City (25-13), which finished fifth in the Big-8 in 2014, was selected 9th.

 

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Background

For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the homegrown locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Parra, Andrew Susac, 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 Cincinnati Reds)
Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies)
Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets)
Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays)
John 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).

After runnin' the bases here, if you would like to submit material that you believe should be included at BaseballSacramento.com, please send an email to
RAC (at) baseballsacramento (dot) com.

Also be sure to check out the All-Time Top 50 Players from Sacramento in the History section.
 

Enjoy!

Editor
Rick Cabral

* 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.

Updated 1/24/15
All contents © Rick Cabral, 2010-2014


 

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