Mattingly inducted into Hall of Fame [Baseball]

August 17, 2012

Denise Mattingly

Former Anchorage Bucs general manager and Alaska baseball icon Dennis Mattingly of Anchorage is the newest member of the National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame.

Mattingly, 63, died in January from multiple myeloma, an incurable form of cancer that attacks the immune system and makes bones brittle.

The life expectancy for those with the disease is five years, but thanks in part to two life-extending stem-cell transplants, Mattingly lived 12 more years after his diagnosis.

“This game, if you don’t accept failure before you even start playing, you’re in trouble. Here you can be on top of the world one day and be underneath the dirt the next. It teaches you to take what comes,” Mattingly told last summer. “I’ve been through quite a bit these last several years and I’m not gonna let it get me down, because I’m not gonna dwell on things that might go wrong.”

Mattingly and the Bucs captured seven ABL pennants and sent 59 players to the majors, most recently Jared Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Kurt Suzuki.