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Santa Cruz County, like California, underwent a massive transformation in the mid-19th century as the Mexican government turned over control ... [Read more]

One died a well-respected Hall of Famer. The other died alone and full of regret. Both were major league baseball ... [Read more]

Before national league franchises, big-screen television, or $1 million commercials, there was hometown hardball. And, for thirty years, baseball was ... [Read more]

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"Maria" was a tough little Irish lass who worked the saloons of Santa Cruz during the wild years of the 1870s. Her colorful lifestyle made her one of the most successful practitioners of the world's oldest profession to ever ply their trade in the county.

Her real name was Mary ..." [More]

Excerpted from A Walk Through Time: Mary "Maria" McDermott by Janet Krassow and Randy Krassow