For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the homegrown
locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P.
Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Parra, Andrew Susac, 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
Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds) Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and
Philadelphia Phillies) Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets) Buck Martinez (Toronto
Blue Jays) John 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
RAC (at) baseballsacramento (dot)
Also be sure to check out
the All-Time Top 50 Players from
Sacramento in the History
* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to
Woodland, north to Yuba City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County
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