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For many years a favorable and well-known baseball player on the Atlantic as well as the Pacific coast, Charles H. Graham won the friendship of many followers of that athletic sport, but owing to pressure of his personal affairs relinquished that professional field to devote his time to his business in Sacramento. He was born in Santa Clara, Cal., April 24, 1878, his parents being P. J. and Catharine Graham. Attending the public schools until he was fifteen, he then entered Santa Clara College, and graduated in 1898 with the degree of A. B. He then taught in the institution for two years. Being fond of athletic sports he became a skillful baseball player and his first work as a professional was in 1900, when he played with the Pueblo team of the western league. During the season of 1901 he was with the San Francisco team as catcher, and for the seasons of 1902 and 1903 was catcher and manager of the Sacramento club. During 1904 and 1905 he was catcher with the Tacoma aggregation, and for 1906 was catcher with the Boston club, in 1907 returning to Sacramento as proprietor of the Sacramento club. Since this time he has continued as manager of this club, having played as catcher until 1910, when he retired as a player.

In 1910 Mr. Graham became engaged in the automobile business under the firm name of Grabam-Lamus Co., exclusive dealers in Baker electric automobiles. He built a garage at No. 1217 Seventh street, it being an L with an outlet on L street; this garage is solely for the care and charging of electric cars. On November 25, 1903, he married Miss Clara Black of Sacramento, and they have three children, Clara, Charles and Robert. Fraternally he holds membership with the Elks, Knights of Columbus, and the Fort Sutter Parlor, N. S. G. W. He is a member of the Catholic church, and in politics his affections are with the Democratic party. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011