“What an honor it is to be inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.
I am blessed to join this tremendous group of athletes that this town has produced through the years. I’m looking forward to celebrating with my fellow inductees and our family and friends. Thank you to all who voted.”
Major League Baseball
High School: C.K. McClatchy
* MLB Career: 12 Years (New York Yankees, Montreal, Wahington, Florida,
* .268 Career Batting Average
* 95 Career Home Runs
* 398 Career RBI’s
Nick was born in Sacramento and went to C.K. McClatchy where he was a standout; and as a senior he was named to the all-state team and to the All-America Third Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings.
He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1996 MLB Draft. Nick made his MLB debut on August 21, 2001 for the Yankees. In 2004, Nick played for the Montreal Expos in their final season before relocating and becoming the Washington Nationals. During that season Nick had a severe back injury. In 2005, he worked his way back from injuries and had an outstanding season. He was sixth in the league for batting average and had an on base percentage of .478.
In 2006, he had one of his best seasons as he had an impressive OBP of .428. He was 4th in the National League and 2nd in walk percentage (18%), 3rd in walks (110), 7th in doubles (46) and intentional walks (15), and 10th in hit-by-pitch (13).
in 2008, when the Nationals moved into their brand new park he knocked in the first RBI in their new stadium. The next season he was traded to the Marlins, where he continued to have one of the highest walk percentages in the league. Nick returned to the Yankees, then played for the Cleveland Indians and concluded his career with the Baltimore Orioles on 2012.
Nick played first base in the Major Leagues for 12 seasons and was one of the best hitters our area has produced. Being known for his patience and discipline at the plate that led to a career high for on base percentage of .401, and a lifetime .384 batting average with the bases loaded.
Baseball has always been in the family as Nick is the nephew of Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Larry Bowa. They become the first Uncle - Nephew tandem to be inducted in the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.