SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE PANTHERS
State Championship Gallery 1951 State Champions The Panthers of 1951 won the first baseball state championship in SJC history with a season record of 29-3. The team, which was coached by Jack Woerner, had a 19-game winning streak that included a 14-1 defeat of the University of California. â€œPete Vartanian was named team MVP; Jerry Kaeser was named the teamâ€™s outstanding player; and catcher John McNamara was the team captain. McNamara became a major league manager for 16 years, his career highlighted a World Series appearance in 1986 as manager of the Boston Red Sox. Pitcher Tony Stathos had a 12-0 record and won the title-clinching game by a score of 7-5 over El Camino Junior College.
1953 State Champions Jack Woerner led the Panthers to their second championship in 3 years as the team posted a 25-5 record. J.C. Masters pitched the Panthers to a play-off victory for the league title to advance to the state play-offs. Grant Tech (now American River) fell to the Panthers 15-0 and 5-2 as SJC captured the Nor Cal championship, as Masters pitched a 2-hitter and hit a home run in the opener and the team stole 13 bases. After losing the opener of the state championship, the Panthers came from behind twice to defeat Long Beach City College in a doubleheader to win the final series. Center fielder Norman Coons led the team in RBI, runs scored, hits, home runs, triples, and stolen bases in being named the team MVP. Masters was 11-1 with 79 strikeouts in 78 innings.
2017 Sacramento City College Panthers Baseball Media Guide