Anchorage Bucs founder and long time general manager Dennis Mattingly will receive a posthumous honor this weekend. Mattingly, who passed away in January of multiple myeloma, will be inducted into the National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame at the annual tournament in Wichita, Kansas.
Shawn Maltby, who succeeded Mattingly as Bucs general manager this year, said he nominated the ABL icon for the award and got word that Mattingly would be inducted a few weeks ago.
In 1980, Mattingly founded the Anchorage Bucs as the Cook Inlet Bucs, a men's amateur adult league team, and eventually moved them into the Alaska Baseball League. Under Mattingly, the Bucs won seven league titles and developed 59 players who made the major leagues.
Maltby says Mattingly's widow Sandy is traveling to Wichita to receive the award.