Metzger and Arroyo Head 2013 La Salle Club Baseball HOF Inductees
Butch Metzger and Fernando Arroyo—two rival pitchers from the old Metro League who eventually pitched in the major leagues—head the list of eight ballplayers and one journalist to be inducted in the 2013 Class of the La Salle Club Baseball Hall of Fame.
Also inducted in this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame will be: Tom Dicktakes, Joe Gill, Mike Green, Leon Lee, Nick Peters, Gene Sackett and Gary Szakacs.
The 59th annual Hall of Fame event is set for Saturday, April 27 at Christian Brothers High School Field House. It will begin with a no-host social at 5:30, followed by a sit-down dinner at 6:30.
Arroyo, a three-sport star at Luther Burbank High (1970), compiled a 24-37 career mark while pitching eight seasons in the American League for Detroit, Minnesota and Oakland. He also played 13 seasons in the Mexican Winter League, where he once pitched a record 17-inning contest. After retirement, he coached in the minor leagues for Detroit, Florida and Oakland, and spent two years in the Taiwan Major League.
Dicktakes (Sacramento High 1954) played bush baseball into his ‘40s, culminating his long career with a championship with the Sacramento Smokeys in 1981. He is better known as “Twin Cam Tommy” for developing a high-powered overhead cam nitro dragster that has topped out at 240 mph.
Gill (Bishop Armstrong 1963) recently passed away after a long illness. He starred for the Falcons and Southside American Legion, played at USF where he was drafted and played one season in the New York Yankees minor league system. He coached Christian Brothers baseball team from 1993 to 2006, leading the Falcons to two Division II North section titles.
Green (Bishop Armstrong 1962) was twice voted the area’s top baseball player while leading the Falcons to a 22-2 record in 1962. He twice hit over .400 and went 9-0 his senior season with a 0.28 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 75 innings—all area best stats for pitchers.
Lee (Grant 1971) starred at Grant High and Haggin-Grant Legion when those teams had some of their best seasons. He spent seven seasons in the Cardinals farm chain before playing nine years in Japan, often dominating that league in tandem with brother Leron Lee (Grant 1966). He is the father of former major leaguer Derrek Lee (El Camino 1993).
Metzger, who prepped at Kennedy High (1970) and twice made All-City as a pitcher, pitched five years in the major leagues for San Francisco, San Diego, St. Louis and New York Mets. He was selected the National League 1976 (Co-)Rookie of the Year and tied a major league record of winning 12 consecutive games without a loss. Metzger also played in Night League and Men’s Baseball League and was a staple of the Sacramento Smokeys pitching staff.
Peters—Beginning in 1962 the San Francisco-born sportswriter covered the Giants for 45 years, including his last newspaper stint with the Sacramento Bee from 1998-2007. He also covered most major sporting events involving Bay Area teams, including the 49ers and Raiders Super Bowls, the Warriors championship and many others. In 2009, Peters was elected to the writer’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sackett (McClatchy 1969) was the perennial catcher for the Lions and Post 61 Legion in the late ‘60s. He played one season in the Dodgers minor league system, and coached locally as an assistant at Christian Brothers High for eight years, including their Division I North Section title in 1988.
Szakacs (Mira Loma 1969) led his team to the Capital Valley Conference title in 1969 and played professionally three minor league seasons, two with the Phillies organization. A fixture in the Night League and Winter League, from 1973 through the early 1990s Szakacs was a mainstay on the Sacramento Smokeys. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are $25 per person. To order online, go to: http://www.cbhs-sacramento.org/eengine/index.php/alumni.
For more information call Chairman Joe McNamara at 916/813-5699. The La Salle Club is a non-profit organization that has raised funds for Christian Brothers High School since 1939. The Club inducted its first Hall of Fame member—former Sacramento Senators’ manager John “Buddy” Ryan—in 1953. Since that time, more than 460 individuals have been inducted into the Sacramento Baseball Hall of Fame. For the complete biographies of the 2013 inductees and a list of all Hall of Fame members, go to: http://www.baseballsacramento.com/LaSalle_Club_Baseball_HOF.html