In the History section, you will find a plethora of information and entertainment about baseball in the greater Sacramento area, dating back to the early days of baseball (1860s).

The cornerstone of course of baseball history in Sacramento has been the hometown team, once known as the Senators,  the Wolves, Cardinals, and finally the Solons. This team was one of the charter members of the Pacific Coast League, dating back to 1903.

Since 1953, Christian Brothers La Salle Club has inducted some of the finest baseball people from the area in its Hall of Fame. We have the complete list below, including the nine members inducted in the 2010 class.

In the Time Travelers section, click on a year and be taken to a special moment in time in Sacramento baseball lore.

In our All-City/All-Metro section, you'll gain access to information and stats on past high school players, coaches and teams that you'll find nowhere else.

O'Connor's Corner contains collectibles and memorabilia about Sacramento baseball.

At bottom, you'll find sites and sounds of the original hometown team, the Sacramento Solons.

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



The Limelight Sheds Skin for Baseball-Themed Sports Bar

by editor Rick Cabral

The Mikacich family celebrated a "Baseball Reunion" yesterday at their newly revamped "sports bar," The Limelight on Alhambra Blvd.

The Limelight now features Sacramento's greatest collection of sports memorabilia (photos, cards and other ephemera) in one place, courtesy of the Mikacich family and collectors Joe McNamara and baseball historian Alan O'Connor.



Tom Crisp presents on the Winter League

A large crowd (above) packed in to The Limelight for the sports bar's coming out "Baseball Reunion."


Jim Fellos, Bernie Church and Larry Marietti,  all members of the La Salle Club Baseball Hall of Fame Committee.

Former major leaguer Cuno Barragan (left) with Jane Mikacich
and Alan O'Connor.

The idea for the sports bar theme grew out of a celebration for dad Pete Mikacich's 80th Birthday Celebration. When he and wife Barbara decided to hand over the business' reins to Jane and brother John Mikacich, the "kids" gave the long-time bar and gambling establishment a new theme.

The Limelight has officially usurped "El Chico #1" on Broadway as the Sacramento baseball bar, despite the Joe Marty's sign still hanging on the building, which was closed due to fire damage.

O'Connor collaborated with Jane Mikacich in providing reproductions of his multitudinous collection of old time Solons' cards, equipment and photos.

Jane, a graphic designer, produced museum-quality layouts featuring the memorabilia. Many of the items came from the personal collection of her father--Pete Mikacich, who played professionally for the hometown Sacramento Solons and many bush league teams.

Yesterday's "Reunion" brought traditional old-timers and their gangs, along with families featuring young girls dressed in their softball uniforms. Seen in attendance were Cuno Barragan (Chicago Cubs / Solons), Leon Lee (St. Louis Cardinals farmhand and Japanese League legend), Eddie Cervantes (Orioles farmhand who was recently added to the La Salle Club Baseball Hall of Fame), plus local legends Bernie Church, Jim Fellos and Larry Marietti.

Among the speakers was O'Connor, who provided a condensed version of Sacramento baseball history, and Tom Crisp, who made a presentation of his ongoing documentation of the Sacramento Winter Leagues.

A great time was had by all. 



Christian Brothers High School
LaSalle Club Baseball Hall of Fame



Wish to travel back in baseball time? Maybe meet Leron Lee? Or Jimmy Westlake? Perhaps...Babe Ruth? Or listen to Tony Freitas describe the Solons sole PCL Championship?

Click on a year or story title and you'll be whisked to a story from that period. 

 1971  Leon Lee's Draft Day Blues
1983  Pacific Little League All-Stars' 30th Anniversary
 The Manhart Legion Miracle Season
  Baseball’s Blacklist Tied to Sacramento's Past
  Sacramento Played A Role In DiMaggio's Early Career
 Clash of the Titans: Grant's Leron Lee vs. McClatchy's Pat Fall
 #52 in '65: Mays Sets Giants Record

Flying High with the '62 Falcons:
Bishop Armstrong's Diamond Nine Dominated NorCal


Jim Westlake, Meet Moonlight "Doc" Graham


Wally Westlake and the '54 Fall Classic

NEILL "WILD HORSE" SHERIDAN / Longest Distance Home Run Ever Measured?

 The Solons PCL Championship 
1932 Mark Koenig: Last living member of the 1927 New York Yankees
The Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lous
Barnstormin’ with the Babe

OBAK Baseball Card Collection 1909-1911
ZeeNuts Cards/Sacramento Senators (Alan O'Connor Collection)

 Remember When ...

Rick Cabral's personal columns of reflection on baseball topics. Go here.

Updated 09/11/12

Check out the Collectibles and Memorabilia
by Alan O'Connor


1946 Pacific Coast League
Promotional Film
(copyright Alan O'Connor and Bill Shubb, 2011)


To gain access to stats and charts featuring high school All-Metro and All-City teams, Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and other information, click the box.


Solons Nostalgia

Here's a cool site dedicated to the hometown Sacramento Solons.

Also, be sure to check out this wonderful piece of nostalgia produced by KVIE-Channel 6 on Sacramento Solons. It is the full show and runs nearly 30 minutes, so grab some popcorn
and find your favorite seat. Enjoy!

Updated 4/11/2015
All contents © Rick Cabral 2010-2015