Former New York and Little Falls Met Headlines 2018 Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ‪Dinner

Former New York Met and 1986 World Series Champion, seen here as a minor league coach for the Mets, will speak at the 2018 Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ‪Dinner.

Little Falls, N.Y. – The 2017 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) champion Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs are proud to announce that 1986 World Series Champion and former New York Met, Wally Backman, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ‪Dinner on April 13 at the Travelodge in Little Falls.

A first-round pick of the New York Mets, Backman played 17 seasons of professional baseball, including 14 at the major league level.  Backman got his minor league baseball career started in Little Falls, where he was assigned to the Little Falls Mets of the New York-Penn League and batted .325 with six home runs in his first season. Backman made his major league debut on September 2, 1980, with the New York Mets and earned his starting job at second base in 1984.

Backman went on to play nine seasons in New York, reaching the top of the baseball world when the Mets won the World Series in 1986.  Following his time in New York, Backman played for the Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners. Backman finished his career with a .275 batting average, 893 hits, 482 runs scored, 240 RBIs, 117 stolen bases and a .349 on-base percentage.

Backman has enjoyed a successful managing career. He has served in the role of field manager for several minor league clubs in the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets organizations.  In 2018, Backman will lead the New Britain Bees of the independent Atlantic League. In his 20 years managing, Backman has compiled 1,066 career victories and has led several teams to league championships, including with the Tri-City Posse of the independent Western Baseball League, the Birmingham Barons, the class single A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox of the Southern League, as well as with the South Georgia Peanuts of the independent South Coast League.

In addition, during his time as manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, Backman led the team to a league-best 51-24 record and won the McNamara Division of the New York-Penn League. Backman also led his Pacific Coast Las Vegas 51s to a Pacific South Division title. Some of Backman’s other accomplishments include being inducted in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame as well as being named Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News in 2004.

“We are very excited to be able to bring a World Series Champion back to Little Falls, right where it all started for Wally Backman”, said Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs President and Owner Travis Heiser. “Mr. Backman is very excited to meet all our fans here in the Mohawk Valley and reminisce about his days here in Little Falls. Coming off a championship season I cannot think of a better way to celebrate with our fans and the entire Mohawk Valley than with some wonderful and deserving inductees that we will be announcing in the very near future, and a former Little Fall Met who happens to wear a championship ring himself dating back to the great 1986 Mets team that captured the heart of all New Yorkers.”

The event’s doors will open ‪on April 13 at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails, autographs and a silent auction with dinner and program following. Tickets cost $40 per person and a table of eight can be purchased for $275.

Tickets for the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner with 1986 World Series Champion and former New York Met Wally Backman can be purchased by contacting Heiser at ‪(315) 985-0692‬ or by emailing [email protected]


Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
January 2022
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
June 2020
May 2020
March 2020
January 2020
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March 2019
January 2019
October 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
November 2010