The Limelight Sheds Skin for Baseball-Themed Sports Bar
by editor Rick Cabral
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
Tom Crisp presents on the Winter
A large crowd (above) packed in
to The Limelight for the sports bar's coming out "Baseball
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
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
time was had by all.