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River Cats during a game at home in Raley Field
River Cats players in 2007
The Sacramento River Cats are a minor league baseball team based in Sacramentomarker, Californiamarker. The team plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and is the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics.

The River Cats play at Raley Fieldmarker, located in West Sacramentomarker. The team began play in 1978 as the Vancouver Canadians, and played their home games at Nat Bailey Stadiummarker until the 1999 season. Following that season, in which they won the Triple-A World Series, the team was purchased by a group led by Art Savage and moved to Sacramento for the 2000 season. Savage was the majority owner of the team until his death on November 21, 2009 at age 58. His widow, Susan Savage, became majority owner upon her husband's death.

Sacramento has led all of minor league baseball in attendance during each of its first eight seasons at Raley Field. The team averaged approximately 10,000 fans per game during the 2007 regular season, for a total attendance figure of 710,235.

The PCL franchise in Sacramento for many years was the Sacramento Solons, a charter member of the PCL which was founded in 1903. Three different versions of the Solons represented California's capital city in 1903, 1905, from 1909 through 1914, from 1918 through 1960, and from 1974 through 1976.


Since the arrival of the River Cats at Raley Field, they have led all Minor League Baseball in attendance every year. In 2007, the team drew 710,235 fans in 71 home games.

Year Total Attendance Average
2009 293798* 9478*

  • Through 31 games

Playoff history

The River Cats won four consecutive Pacific Coast League Pacific South Division titles from 2000 through 2004, and back-to-back league championships in 2003 and 2004.

In 2007 they won the Pacific South Division and league championships again, and defeated the Richmond Braves in that year's Bricktown Showdown on September 18 by a score of 7–1. The River Cats repeated as division, league, and class champions in 2008.


Notable former River Cats currently in the major leagues

This list does not include MLB players who were in Sacramento on a rehabilitation assignment while on the disabled list.


  1. "River Cats owner dies suddenly at home." Sacramento River Cats. Retrieved on 21 November 2009.
  2. "River Cats Top PCL, Minor Leagues in Attendance." Sacramento River Cats. Retrieved on 13 September 2007.
  3. The Sacramento Bee.

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