Spider's Memory Lives
as RiverCats Celebrate Baseball History
Last night, the RiverCats spun a new web of baseball history by hosting a descendant of Charles
"Spider" Baum and one of the Capital's leading baseball historians.
Mark Morris, by day the manager of the Sacramento Bee's Photography Department, came out to
Raley Field to promote a website dedicated to his great-grandfather, Charles "Spider" Baum, a
pitcher for the Sacramento Senators from 1909-1912. Wearing a replica jersey from Baum's time
period, with the classic "S" insignia in white felt on a navy blue jersey, Morris displayed
photographs and other memorabilia from his ancestor's playing days. He has created a website
dedicated to Baum's memory: www.spiderbaum.com.
If that wasn't thrill enough, the RiverCats invited Morris to throw out the
ceremonial first pitch before the game against the Las Vegas 51s. Standing in the tunnel,
awaiting the call, Morris stared straight ahead with a look of fervor, as he envisioned the pitch
in his mind. Read his story at the Bee's website:
Sharing the historical presentation area with Morris was Sacramento baseball historian and avid
collector, Alan O'Connor. Alan also brought out a collection of photographs and reprints from the
Senator's and Solon's teams. While wearing the same Baum-era jersey as Morris,
O'Connor displayed other Sacramento replica jerseys.
Kudos to the RiverCats for remembering the rich history of baseball in California's Capital
O'Connor (right) and Mark Morris (center) discuss their photographic displays and other
subjects as part of Sacramento Baseball History night at Raley
Field. (Photo by Rick Cabral)