Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Bretón has mused about the rich history of famous people from Sacramento who have risen to prominence in a variety of fields, and has selected 13, his Dusty Baker Dozen.
He set his parameters – basically, born, raised and attended high school here, with some exceptions.
We often debate who qualifies as a true Sacramentan. Sam Elliott, no, left at a young age. Pat Morita, no, was born in Isleton. Tom Hanks, just passed through. Joan Didion, you bet.
So here’s your chance to decide. We have set up an arbitrary bracket of 32 movers and shakers with Sacramento roots. As with any list, slights and omissions and “qualifications” are part of the game, so Tesla, Jack Gallagher, Cake, Brie Larson and Adrienne Barbeau fans, we didn’t forget you, we just had to pare down the list.
As for the exceptions, this is Marcos’ list, he made the call. Then we gave you the chance to vote. Thousands of votes later, you’ve cut his list from 32 to two.
So here’s the choice: The most famous Sacramentan is either former baseball player and manager Dusty Baker or former U.S. Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy. You make the call.
Voting for the final round ends Sunday night. Come back Monday to find out the winner.