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
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
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: http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/5bc00ea9
River Cats Lose Division on Final Day of Regular Season in 2-1
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
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
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)