Sacramento High captures state baseball title in Los Angeles

Walter “Duster” Mails
Walter “Duster” Mails Associated Press file

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.

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.