Sacramento’s original neighborhood sports bar celebrates city’s rich baseball history, offering casual bar and grille fare.
Originally established in 1938 by local baseball professional Joe Marty, the new Joe Marty’s showcases Sacramento’s baseball greats including its namesake. The new Joe Marty’s, located in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood in the Tower Theater building at the "T" of Broadway Avenue & 15th Street, is designed to provide a comfortable and vibrant gathering place for watching a game, meeting friends or casual family dining.
Joe Marty’s History
Joseph Anton Marty was born in Sacramento on September 1, 1913. Joe was an outstanding athlete at Christian Brothers High School and attended Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California on a sports scholarship. He began his professional baseball career in 1934 with the San Francisco Seals in center field, often between Lefty O’Doul and Joe DiMaggio. Joe played for the Chicago Cubs from 1937 to 1939 and was the first Cub to hit a home run in a night game, July 1, 1938, in Cincinnati. He hit .500 in the 1938 World Series against the New York Yankees and became the first native Sacramentan to hit a home run in a World Series. Marty moved to the Philadelphia Phillies for the 1939-1941 seasons.
After World War II, Marty returned to Sacramento and played for his hometown Sacramento Solons. Marty was a star outfielder, manage and slugger for the Solons from 1946 to 1952. Joe opened “Joe Marty’s” bar on J Street in 1938. In 1951, Joe moved the bar to the current 15th & Broadway location in partnership with El Chico Pizza. This was a good business move for Joe because of the proximity of the bar to the Solons ballpark, Edmonds Field, at the corner of Riverside and Broadway. Pro baseball was played at that site from 1910 until 1964. Fans and players stopped at the bar both before and after the games to eat and drink. Joe tended the bar at Joe Marty’s from his 1952 baseball retirement until his death in 1984. In 2005, a fire destroyed Joe Marty’s bar and the building sat empty for over 10 years.
We are proud to welcome back Joe Marty’s to the Land Park neighborhood.