From Cal to Hall of Fame
Joe Morgan of the 1963 Modesto Colts, a Houston Colt 45's farm team, was the second inductee to Cooperstown.
Rollie Fingers and Reggie Jackson were teammates on the 1966 Modesto Reds and remain teammates in the Hall of Fame.
Don Sutton hurled for the 1965 Santa Barbara Dodgers.
George Brett couldn't even hit .300 playing in San Jose's Municipal Stadium for the Bees in 1972.
Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson played for the 1953 Santa Barbara Dodgers, then managed the 1967 Modesto Reds.
Kirby Puckett patrolled the outfield in Recreation Park in Visalia for the Oaks in 1983.
It took Dennis Eckersley two years to get out of the California League as he hurled for the Reno Silver Sox in 1972 and 1973.
Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams played in the California League in its infancy in 1948 for the Santa Barbara Dodgers.
Rickey Henderson, the Major League all-time stolen base and runs scored leader, as well as a member of the 3,000-hit club, led the California League with 95 stolen bases while playing for the Modesto A's in 1977.
In 2010, former California League umpire Doug Harvey (1958-60) became the ninth umpire enshrined in Cooperstown.
In July, 2011, two more former California League players were ushered into the Hall.
Roberto Alomar was the league batting champion for the 1986 Reno Padres, and 1959 Stockton Ports. In the Majors, Alomar was a lifetime .300 hitter over 17 seasons and helped lead the Toronto Blue Jays to consecutive World Series championships in 1992-93.
A hurler when he played, Pat Gillick was a successful Major League executive whose 1992-93 Blue Jays and 2008 Philadelphia Phillies won World Series titles.