1922: Before the start of their 1922 season, the Sacramento High School baseball team got some special coaching help from a star pitcher for the Cleveland Indians named Walter “Duster” Mails. The results were detailed in this article from June 20, 1922:
Los Angeles, June 20 – Before a crowd of 5,000 cheering fans and only twenty-five of them Sacramento rooters, the Sacramento High School baseball team grabbed the California Interscholastic Federation title at Washington Park yesterday afternoon, defeating Franklin by the score of 3 to 0.
“Lefty” Pendergast, the southpaw pitcher for the Sacramento club, outpitched the much-touted “Bud” Teachout of Franklin.
Teachout pitched better ball than the score showed, as he was not given the brand of support that Pendergast had.
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Sacramento not only showed the best pitching, but the fielding was 100 percent better than displayed by the local school, while the teamwork was the best ever shown here by a high school squad.
The win was the Sacramento area’s first prep state championship in any sport.