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Cordova’s Guy Anderson to dress the part in grand baseball coaching finale

Cordova High School baseball player Jejuan Murphy, left, laughs with coach Guy Anderson during a practice in Rancho Cordova on April 16, 2009.
Cordova High School baseball player Jejuan Murphy, left, laughs with coach Guy Anderson during a practice in Rancho Cordova on April 16, 2009. Sacramento Bee file

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The call from Dusty Baker was special – one old baseball lifer telling another that firings happen to everyone in the business, at all levels.

Guy Anderson also was moved by a conversation with 93-year-old Bud Daniel, a former University of Wyoming baseball coach. Anderson has been overwhelmed by support since his termination as Cordova High School’s coach last month, a run that started in 1970 and included 917 victories, regional and national Hall of Fame honors, mentoring 11 future major leaguers, leading some of the best teams in area history and winning championships, including in 2014.

Anderson was dismissed by Cordova’s administration, which wanted a change in the program after 45 years.

“Incredible support, very touching,” Anderson said Friday. “Bud Daniel said, ‘Coach, it happens to all of us. Enjoy what you’ve done, and go on.’”

Anderson has enjoyed what he’s done, and he’s moving on, happily. He’ll coach in Cordova red pinstripes on Saturday for the final time, heading the Optimist All-Star Small-School South Team in a charity event for graduating seniors at McAuliffe Field near Sacramento State at 4 p.m. (the large-school game is at 6).

“I’m very proud of what we’ve done in baseball and what we’ve done for so many kids, and who knows, I may be back coaching again in some capacity somewhere,” Anderson said, adding that he just finished a senior softball tournament in Reno and that he and his wife, Karen, will head to Omaha, Neb., next week for the College World Series and then take bike-riding tours in the Bay Area and Sonoma County in pursuit of the best wine.

Big Red changes – In a spring of change, including the addition of all-weather field turf as part of a football stadium project, Jesuit has faces coming and going. Former Sacramento State football coach Marshall Sperbeck is the new vice president for development, and Greg Harcos is the new athletic director. Sperbeck will work with alumni, not necessarily including his son, Thomas, a star wide receiver for Boise State.

Harcos quarterbacked the Marauders to their first playoff berth in 1988 and led the basketball program to championship success. He replaces Chris Fahey, hired by the CIF office in Sacramento to do marketing. Fahey was just named the Sac-Joaquin Section Athletic Director of the Year.

Bee All-Metro basketball center Jordan Brown of Woodcreek was named to the 12-player USA 16-Under National Team.

Brown gets national nod – Bee All-Metro basketball center Jordan Brown of Woodcreek was named to the 12-player USA 16-Under National Team. The incoming sophomore will continue to train in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will compete this summer in Argentina.

Clark Field milestone – Clark Field, the venerable and cozy baseball gem in Woodland, celebrated its 85th season on May 30. A fixture for high school, American Legion, Babe Ruth and adult leagues, Clark Field housed semipro teams decades ago, and some of the game’s biggest names stopped by. Joe DiMaggio played two games at Clark in 1934 with the San Francisco Seals on an exhibition tour and later with the New York Yankees during a spring training exhibition. He returned in 1961 to attend the Babe Ruth World Series, also attended by Babe Ruth’s widow, Claire Merritt Ruth.

In recent decades, Dustin Pedroia, now with the Boston Red Sox, played for Woodland High School, once facing Vallejo’s CC Sabathia, now with the Yankees.

Et cetera – Fullback Beau Bisharat, who will be a senior at Jesuit, verbally committed to Stanford, going from Big Red to Bigger Red. His father, Charlie, played in the backfield for Oregon a generation ago.

▪ Rowdy Tellez, a first baseman for the Lansing Lugnuts from Elk Grove High School, was named to the Midwest League All-Star Classic on June 23 at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill. Tellez leads the Midwest League with 41 RBIs and has six home runs and 16 doubles.

▪ USC pitcher Mitch Hart from Granite Bay High School was named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after going 7-3.

▪ Pitcher Cameron Avila-Leeper from Grant and Delta College was named a first-team All-American after going 14-2. He expects to be picked in the top 10 rounds of next week’s amateur draft. Outfielder Alex Fitchett from Oak Ridge and Cosumnes River College made third-team All-American.

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