The Solons PCL Championship
Entering the final series in 1942, the Sacramento Solons trailed the
Los Angeles Angels by two games. The “Seraphs” promptly won the first game,
defeating the Solons top pitcher, Tony Freitas 5-0. The following day, Los
Angeles extended its lead to our games with another win. With five games left in
the season, and the Angels’ lead at 4, the southern Californians needed just one
win to secure the Pacific Coast League crown.
On Thursday, Sacramento was losing 5-4 and won the contest in the
ninth inning. The next night, Freitas redeemed himself, coasting to a 10-2
victory, cutting the margin to two games with three to
Saturday’s game provided plenty of tension as the game went into extra
innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Sacramento trailed Los Angeles
5-4, but a pinch-hit home run won the contest 6-5.
From this point, we’ll let John E. Spalding describe the action from
his book—Sacramento Senators & Solons: Baseball in
California’s Capital, 1886 to 1976.
Sunday’s doubleheader was the kind of climax that every pennant race
deserves with the first and second place teams, locked in to head-to-head
competition before an overflow crowd of 11,600 fans.
Trailing 5-3 in the eighth, the Solons took the lead with a four-run
outburst that featured a dramatic two-run homer by (Ray) Mueller