High School: James Marshall (River City)
* MLB Career: 14 Years (Los Angeles, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland)
* 5 Time All-Star (1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990)
* 2 Time World Series Champion (1981, 1988)
* National League Rookie of the Year (1982)
* Silver Slugger Award (1986)
Steve Sax knew what he wanted to do with his life as early as the age of 5 years old. Growing up in West Sacramento his days as a kid were spent with his brother, Dave, playing a game they loved in front of their house. Emulating Major Leaguers, they were relentless in their passion for the game of Baseball.
Steve attended James Marshall High School; now known as River City. Steve’s dream of playing in the big leagues started to become a realty during his sophomore year. During that season he batted .400 and was named to the All-City team. By the time he was a junior destiny was in the works as he earned High School All-America Honors in both his junior and senior years.
In 1978 Steve was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and spent three seasons in the minors. In 1982, he cemented his name in Dodger lore as he had a tremendous season and was named National League Rookie of the Year. Steve went on to become an All-Star second baseman five times during his 14 year career. He hit over .300 three times, and his blazing speed was a factor as he stole a total of 444 bases during his career. He swiped 56 bags in 1983 and finished 3rd in the National League that season. Steve had the reputation of being tough as nails; doing whatever the team needed him to do to be successful.
During his time with the Dodgers, from 1981 to 1988, Steve was a key contributor and won two World Series rings as their leadoff hitter. In 1986, he had his best season batting .332 with 211 hits. He was 2nd in the National League in both categories.
In 1989, he signed with the Yankees and made an immediate impact setting a team record for most singles in a season with 171. He was an All-Star with the Yankees in both the 1989 and 1990 seasons. He then played with the White Sox and the A’s. Overall, he put up tremendous numbers including 1,949 total hits along with 550 RBI’s and had a career batting average of .281.
After his playing career Steve has been involved in various ventures including television baseball analyst. He was on FOX’s MLB Game of the Week coverage and, last season, he returned to the diamond as a first base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Steve has always been proud of his hometown and continues to live here. He has worked as a financial consultant and currently does motivational speaking with his company Steve Sax Speaks. He is one of the area’s most successful baseball players and is recognized as a major league champion and All-Star. His talent and tenacity have led him to become one of the most successful players our area has ever seen.
Major League Baseball
“It is truly an honor to be considered and voted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame. It’s a very humbling experience; especially coming from the fans of your hometown. I’m proud to be part of this very special and talented group of athletes.”