From the Alan O'Connor Collection

Spider's Memory Lives On
RiverCats Celebrate Baseball History Night

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:


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 City.



Alan 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)

 Uploaded 08/03/10