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In 1936 the Sacramento Senators of the Pacific Coast League changed their name to the Sacramento Solons. The Solons won the PCL in 1938 and 1939. Tony Freitas pitched for the Solons 1937-1950 with a break for the war, after having pitched for the Sacramento Senators 1929-1932. Nick Cullop played in Sacramento 1937-1938. The Solons finished play in 1960.

In '74, the team was revived for a 3-year run in the PCL. Without an adequate stadium to play in, the Solons called Hughes Stadium home. Hughes was a football field on the campus of Sacramento City College, and in 1974 the leftfield dimension was a mere 232 ft. with a 40 ft high screen. As a result Bill McNulty hit 55 HR, Gorman Thomas hit 51 HR, Sixto Lezcano hit 34 HR, six others hit in double digits, and the best ERA on the team was Roger Miller's 4.48. In 1975 and 1976 the dimension was changed to 251 ft. and a new higher screen was erected. In 1975 5 players hit over 20 HR, and in 1976 4 more hit over 20 HR led by Bump Wills (26) who was known more for his speed than power. Still without a suitable place to play, the team was leased to San Jose "until such time as a new stadium is available in Sacramento."


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1936 65-111 8th Bill Killefer
1937 102-76 1st Bill Killefer Lost in 1st round
1938 95-82 3rd Bill Killefer League Champs
1939 88-88 4th Benny Borgmann League Champs
1940 90-88 5th Benny Borgmann
1941 102-75 2nd Pepper Martin Lost League Finals
1942 105-73 1st Pepper Martin Lost in 1st round
1943 41-114 8th Ken Penner
1944 76-93 7th Earl Sheely
1945 95-85 3rd Earl Sheely Lost in 1st round
1946 94-92 5th Earl Sheely
1947 83-103 7th Dick Bartell
1948 75-113 8th Joe Orengo
1949 102-85 3rd Del Baker Lost in 1st round
1950 81-119 8th Red Kress (23-42) / Joe Marty (58-77) none
1951 75-92 7th Joe Gordon
1952 66-114 8th Joe Gordon
1953 75-105 8th Gene Desautels
1954 73-94 7th Gene Desautels / Tony Freitas
1955 76-96 8th Tony Freitas none
1956 84-84 5th Tommy Heath none
1957 63-105 7th Tommy Heath none
1958 71-83 6th Sibby Sisti none
1959 78-76 4th Bob Elliott none
1960 73-81 6th Ernie White none
1974 66-78 7th Bob Lemon
1975 59-85 8th Harry Bright
1976 71-72 5th Rich Donnelly
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