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The books section details the few books dedicated to Sacramento baseball that have been published. Several that are classics unfortunately are now out of print, but they are listed anyway. If interested, you may get lucky and find them at a yard sale or on Ebay.

5/30/16

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Book Review
by Editor, Rick Cabral

Hometown Heroes by Clay Sigg 

Baseball fans feast on trivia. Home run records, most consecutive hit streaks. Or consecutive games played. 

Here’s one: name the last player with nine or more major league seasons that played for just one team? That should be fairly simple. He retired two years ago after playing twenty seasons for the New York Yankees—Derek Jeter. 

And you can probably guess the one right before him: teammate Mariano Rivera, who played 19 years for the Yankees. 

But the trend of “Hometown Heroes” or “single-franchise players” such as Jeter and Rivera is falling precipitously so that in the future we may only see a few retire with the same team with which they began their careers. 

This is the subject of a new book by Granite Bay author, Clay Sigg: HOMETOWN HEROES: The Single Franchise Baseball Stars of the 20th Century. 

Of the 18,000 MLB players Sigg has documented every one from 1901 through 2000 to start and finish with the same professional team. And he’s packaged it in a splendid coffee table presentation that is nearly worth its weight in gold. 

(Continue to Book Review)

10/15/15

Doskow and Lee Team Up Again on Audiobook Project

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That's Johnny Doskow (left) and Leon Lee—the broadcast team for the Sacramento River Cats—who dropped by the studio my afternoon. They weren't there to recreate the Abbott and Costello bit "Who's On First?" Instead, they gratiously came to record their parts as the medical assistant and emergency room doctor in The Miracle of the Christmas Wish Holder. Both men—tops in baseball—did a great job behind the mic for this audiobook dramatization (editor's note: this project is not affiliated with the River Cats organziation, fyi).

During a break, the conversation turned to yesterday's ALDS game and the home run followed by the "bat flip" by the Blue Jays' José Bautista. When Doskow said "If that had been (Bob) Gibson on the mound..." Lee finished the sentence, "...the next guy was goin' down!"

Baseball men to the core, but voice artists for a day.


 

 

 

3/17/14

Mexican American Baseball Book Signing on March 30

Alan O'Connor and his co-author of the book Mexican American Baseball in the Central Coast will appear at a book signing Sunday, March 30.

O'Connor assisted principal author Richard A. Santillán in penning chapter four of the new book that focuses on Mexican American baseball in Sacramento from the 1920s to '70s. The work was published as part of the Latino Baseball History Project in San Bernardino. Santillán is a professor emeritus of ethnic and women studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

O'Connor is a sports author and Sacramento historian who penned Gold on the Diamond: Sacramento's Great Baseball Players 1886 to 1976 in 2007.

The book signing will also include personal appearances by several former coaches and players of Sacramento's Mexican American League, including former major leaguer Cuno Barragan (Sacramento High) who played with the Chicago Cubs, along with Ernie and Eddie Cervantes (Hiram Johnson).

The event will occur at the Mexican American Hall of Fame, located at 2770 Fruitridge Road, from noon to 5 p.m.

 

 

Check out Rick Cabral's new ebook about the 1927 nationwide barnstorming tour,  BARNSTORMING ACROSS AMERICA: The Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lous.featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. 

To learn more, click through:
http://www.cabralscreative.com/Wr_Barnstormin.html

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AGAINST ALL ODDS

How the River Cats Became
Sacramento's "Hometown Team"

The 40-year odyssey to bring a professional team
to a brand new Sacramento ballpark


A 100-page e-book by editor Rick Cabral

Movie Review

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Movie Review by Editor, Rick Cabral

As a boy growing up in the ‘50s, I recall watching the black-and-white movie “The Jackie Robinson Story,” starring the man himself. Shot just three years after Robinson “broke the color barrier,” even as a child two things were immediately clear: Robinson clearly was not an actor, but he was one helluva ballplayer.

In the new release “42 – The Jackie Robinson Story” directed by Brian Helgeland for Legendary Pictures in conjunction with Warner Bros. Pictures we see just the opposite: Chadwick Boseman, cast as Jackie Robinson, is a pretty fair actor, but certainly nowhere near as talented a ballplayer as Robinson.

Continue on to the review and sidebar about
Jackie Robinson's first game in the Major Leagues.

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 "42" Comes In Spikes High in Debut Weekend

"42", the new movie about Jackie Robinson, earned $27.3 million on its opening weekend, eclipsing all other previous baseball films (see our review below).

The new release by Legendary Pictures easily bested the nearest contenders Benchwarmers ($19.7 million) and Moneyball ($19.5 million).

According to EW.com, 42 cost Legendary Pictures approximately $40 million to make. With this exciting debut, 42 is sure to climb to the top of All-Time Baseball Films lists.

Prior to the release of 42, Baseball America, with the assistance of movie reviewer Gene Shallit, rated the Top Ten Baseball Movies:

#

Title

Year Released

1

Bull Durham

1988

2

Field of Dreams

1985

3

Bang the Drum Slowly

1973

4

Eight Men Out

1988

5

The Pride of the Yankees

1942

6

Bad News Bears

1976

7

The Natural

1984

8

A League of Their Own

1992

9

Sandlot

1993

10

Major League I

1989

Here's our list of the Top 5 Fiction Baseball Movies and Top 5 Movies (Based on Real Events)

Fiction

#

Title

Year Released

1

Bull Durham

1988

2

Field of Dreams

1985

3

The Natural

1984

4

Major League I

1989

5

Angels in the Outfield

1951





Based on Real Events

#

Title

Year Released

1

42

2013

2

Eight Men Out

1988

3

61*

2001

4

The Pride of the Yankees

1942

T5

Babe Ruth (made for TV)

1991

T5

Moneyball

2011

Here's a list of all baseball movies:

http://www.baseballmovie.com/baseball-movies.php

 

Non Fiction  

Book Title

Author

Summary Notes

Gold on the Diamond: Sacramento’s Great Baseball Players 1886 to 1976 

Alan O’Connor 

2007 

 

Note: SacBee.com ran a fine feature on Alan. View it here


Also, to view a photo spread of Alan's collectibles, go here

In baseball historian Alan O’Connor’s book, the great players of Sacramento’s past step up to take their place on the diamond. O’Connor shows off his stunning collection of Sacramento baseball memorabilia as well as his encyclopedic and entertaining knowledge of the players, their records and their lives. Also covered are a short history of Sacramento ballparks, highlights of each decade and bios of managers and associates important to Sacramento baseball. 

The 70-Year Road Trip:  The History of a PCL Franchise from Sacramento to Honolulu to Colorado Springs 

Jim Bainbridge
2007 

 

 

The 70-Year Road Trip provides a glimpse into Minor League Baseball’s glorious past and provides insight into how much the game and the business has changed. As Senators, Solons, Islanders and Sky Sox, the franchise has been affiliated with 10 major league clubs and has even gone long stretches with no affiliation at all. 

50 Years in a Kid's Game Harry Dunlop
2009

Sacramento High graduate and former major league coach Harry Dunlop details his half-century in professional baseball.

Stepping Up to the Plate: More Inspiring Interviews with Major Leaguers(2nd Inning) David Kloser
2007

Kloser is a Jesuit High graduate and has written two versions of  his book, which is based on interviews with top MLB players. Their responses, according to the author, yielded "endless pearls of wisdom about the importance of leadership, a positive attitude and the proper mindset it takes for achieving success, overcoming adversity and more for life on and off the field."

Baseball Comes Home: The Magic of Raley Field and the Sacramento River Cats' Pre 

Bob Androvich and Will James

2001 

Out of print. 

Sacramento Senators and Solons : Baseball in California's Capital, 1886 to 1976 

John E. Spalding 

1995 

Out of print. 
(Click to read an excerpt about the 1942 Solons Championship.)

Friendly Trials of Skill : Sacramento Baseball in the 1860s and '70s 

Frances J. Pendleton 1988 

Out of print.

 

Fiction  

Book Title

Author

Summary Notes

The Pitch: The Adventures of Luther Woundup and His Magical Orange Ball 

R. A. Cabral

2004 

From the moment star voyager Luther Woundup launches the orange baseball over the wall of Riders Field, Sacramento baseball fans are introduced to the most intriguing mascot the game has ever seen. Luther’s ingenious, magical displays are intended to win him a spot on the Riders’ team.

But like a modern day Trojan Horse, it serves as a ruse to collect human brain waves with an innocent-looking device invented by his father, the reigning scientist on the planet, Spalding. The mission: convert the contents into cortesium, which is needed to save the people of Spalding. At least, that’s what Luther is told. Eventually, he learns the true purpose of his mission, pitting father against son in The Pitch.

 Barnstormin' with the Babe
(A sequel to The Pitch)

R. A. Cabral

2008 

(Click to read an excerpt from the unpublished manuscript about Ruth in 1919) 
 Barnstormin' with the Babe
(A sequel to The Pitch)
 
R. A. Cabral

2008 

The Baseball Chronicle recently ran an excerpt from the 1925 period of Barnstorming with the Babe in its March publication. You'll find it here.

 TV & Radio Appearances:

On 12/05/11, Editor Rick Cabral appeared on KXJZ's "Insight" to discuss his two new books, AGAINST ALL ODDS--How the River Cats Became Sacramento's "Hometown Team," and The Miracle of the Christmas Wish Holder. Hosted by Jeffrey Callison.

On 07/05/10, Editor Rick Cabral appeared on Good Day Sacramento.

 On 07/13/10, Editor Rick Cabral appeared on KXJZ's "Insight." You can listen here to the 9-minute  interview with Insight host, Jeffrey Callison.  .

If you know of a book or other media that should be included on the list, please shoot me an email with the title, author's name, year published and a link where it can be purchased:
RAC (at) BaseballSacramento (dot) com

 Updated 5 /30/16



 

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