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Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame inducts class of 2019

John "Bud" Fowler, Joe Milazzo and Jim LaFountain were officially inducted into the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame Friday night.

Posted: Apr 12, 2019 11:00 PM

Dozens gathered at the Travelodge in Little Falls for the induction ceremony as three new members were honored.

John "Bud" Fowler, Joe Milazzo and Jim LaFountain were officially inducted into the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame Friday night.

Dozens gathered at the Travelodge in Little Falls for the induction ceremony as three new members were honored.

Fowler played more games in organized baseball than any other African American until Jackie Robinson. Fowler has a memorial where he died in Frankfort back in 1913 and was named the first professional African American baseball player.

Joe Milazzo is currently the head coach of the Utica College baseball team where he lead the pioneers to its first 20-win season in 23 years back in 2015.

LaFountain played at MVCC before attending the University of Louisville. He's already a member of the greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame and the Louisville Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame.

Former National League MVP, George Foster, was the keynote speaker.

"One thing to be able to come here and then get people more aware of the program and I get a chance to interact with people who are my fans it was really great when I came in the hospitality I'm getting while I'm here," said Fowler. "But for the kids who have aspirations of making it the major leagues, I tell them three things: practice practice practice."

There was a surprise inductee, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs owner, Travis Heiser, who eats, breaths, and sleeps baseball was shocked and grateful to be inducted.

He's getting ready for the DiamondDawgs season which kicks off may 30, against the Canadian All Stars.

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