Jokes and old stories were passed around like after-dinner cake at the 59th annual LaSalle Baseball Hall of Fame induction banquet Saturday night at Christian Brothers High School.
Eight former Sacramento-area high school stars and a former longtime Giants beat writer were celebrated for their contribution to local baseball history.
Fernando Arroyo (Burbank), Tom Dicktakes (Sac High), Mike Green (Bishop Armstrong), Leon Lee (Grant), Butch Metzger (Kennedy), Gene Sackett (McClatchy) and Gary Szakacs (Mira Loma) shared their stories and gratitude.
Family spoke on behalf of Joe Gill (Bishop Armstrong), who recently passed away, and a former colleague spoke for retired Bee sportswriter Nick Peters, who was too ill to attend.
Since 1953, the LaSalle Club has inducted nearly 500 into its Hall of Fame. Now headed by CBS alumnus Joe McNamara, the club is entering a new era with old tradition.
With apologies to past, present and future football and basketball stars, Sacramento has always been and will forever be a baseball town first and foremost.
What to watch
Baseball, Giants at Arizona, 6:40 p.m., CSNBA: The Giants have lost five in a row; Matt Cain hasn't had a winless month since April 2011.
Which sport does Sacramento identify itself with most?
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Weekend poll results
What is the best-shooting backcourt duo in NBA history?
Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson, Warriors: 9%
Gail Goodrich/ Jerry West, Lakers: 39%
Walt Frazier/ Earl Monroe, Knicks: 12%
Magic Johnson/ Byron Scott, Lakers: 14%
Nick Anderson/ Dennis Scott, Magic: 2%
John Stockton/ Jeff Hornacek, Jazz: 21%
Total votes: 346
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