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In the 1933-34 Winter League National Division, Kendall-Upson repeated as champions, earning the privilege of having the team's name forever etched in the trophy shown above.

The trophy is now owned by Dan Rehm, a Sacramento native, who inherited the collector's item from his father Bob Rehm, who served as the team's batboy that season. His uncle "Murph" Rehm--the team's manager--presented the trophy mounted on the wooden stand with a nameplate inscribed: Bobbie Rehm "My Bat Boy," (from) Uncle Mike "Murph."

The trophy was passed along to the winning team of the National Division each year, and obviously was "retired" in 1934, the property of Kendall-Upson, which is how Murph Rehm acquired it. The previous winners denoted on the trophy followed by the year they won the championship were: Zemansky's 1926 and 1927; Eastern Outfitting 1928; Dante Club 1929; Great Western Power 1930; Capitol Stores, Ltd. 1931; Julius Haberdashery 1932; Kendall-Upson 1933 and 1934.

Below is a newspaper photo of the 1934 champions, which included a future major leaguer Bill Salkeld, then a 17-year-0ld high school catching prospect. Just a few weeks after this photo was taken in March he would sign a contract to play with the hometown Sacramento Solons.

For more on Salkeld's career, read his SABR Bio:  


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River Cats Lose Division on Final Day of Regular Season in 2-1 10-Inning Loss

On the last day of the regular season, the River Cats and the Reno Aces played extra innings at Raley Field to determine which team would advance to the playoffs. 

One extra frame to be exact, as the Aces won 2-1 and claimed the division. Reno advances to their second playoff berth in the last three years and will play the Las Vegas 51s in a five-game series in the Pacific Conference Championship starting Wednesday in Las Vegas.

In the top of the 10th, with the scored knotted at 1-1, the Aces' Mike Freeman led off with a double. Two outs later Nick Ahmed knocked in Freeman with a single to give Reno (81-63) a 2-1 lead.

The 'Cats (79-65) rallied in the home half of the frame, placing two runners on with one out. Daric Barton grounded into a double play to end the game, and the River Cats' season.

The River Cats finished 2014 with their twelfth-consecutive winning season and 14th winning season in franchise history. Sacramento also led the Pacific Coast league in average attendance (8,578) and total attendance (617,627) for the second-straight season.

(River Cats Media Relations contributed to this report)


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


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 9/1/14
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