It is with great sadness that I write to you to tell you that the Sacramento River Cats family has lost it's leader, Art Savage. Art passed away in his home this past Saturday, November 21, 2009.
On behalf of the City of Sacramento, Department of Parks and Recreation, Access Leisure section, and all of you loyal participants of Access Leisure programs, we send our heartfelt condolences to the Savage Family and all at the Sacramento River Cats organization.
Art, along with his wife Susan, moved to Sacramento not just to bring baseball to our region, but to plant roots and enrich our community beyond measure. They did this with the upmost humility and a humble spirit. In particular, the River Cats Foundation has supported Access Leisure programs for people with disabilities by "stepping up to the plate" to become the title sponsor for River Cats Independence Field. In fact, this is their legacy project. The River Cats Foundation has also provided support for all 10 years of our WAVE Camp program. Art's memory will live on through the continued generosity of spirit by his wife Susan and son's Brent and Jeff, as well as the entire amazing Sacramento River Cats organization.
The very best way to honor Art's legacy is to join a team--or continue with the team you're on--at River Cats Independence Field and "Play Ball!"
Annie Desalernos, Program Supervisor, Access Leisure
Program Coordinator's, Steve Hornsey, Jenny Yarrow, and Phil Sinclair
Under the leadership of our Superintendent, Susan Vieth and Manager, Alan Tomiyama