Music - Keep on laughin' by Ric Ocasek
Photographed in 1992 and 1993 using film and in 2014 using digital.
Location - On the campus of Sacramento City College. At the northeast corner of Sutterville Road and 24th Street.
Hughes Stadium - Full name is Charles C. Hughes Stadium. Opened in 1928 and still in use by Sacramento City College. Home for the Sacramento Solons 1974-1976. The Solons were the AAA team for the Milwaukee Brewers 74-75 and the Texas Rangers 76.
This U shaped facility had a brief but albeit interesting life in minor league baseball. Sacramento wanted AAA baseball back in the river city but did not have a place for the team to play. The original home for AAA baseball Edmonds Field, had long since been demolished. The city tore down the old park in 1960. With only one place to play, the Solons chose a football only facility, Hughes Stadium. Quick remodeling of the field made it a true band box for hitters. With the left field line at 235 feet, pop flies were home runs. In their first year at Hughes, the Solons hit an astounding 305 home runs. Bill McNulty led the PCL with 55 bombs. Pitchers HATED that place and the Solons posted a team ERA of 6.70. Even hall of famer Bob Lemon could not prevent the Solons from finishing dead last. 1975 wasn't much better, even though they only hit 196 home runs as a team. They still finished dead last. In 1976, the Texas Rangers moved their AAA team to Sacramento. But...the team would NOT let their top prospects play in Sacramento. The team moved to Tucson after the 1976 season and it would be another 24 years before AAA baseball would return to Sacramento.
Hughes Stadium was like a comet, burning bright with video game type home runs and scores. I wish I could have seen a game or two here. I am sure it was a lot of fun, but HELL on a pitching staff.