Abone Sr. to be inducted into MV Baseball HOF

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Longtime Smith Post manager Tony Abone Sr. is being inducted into the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony for Abone, Donald Albin and Kevin Green will be Saturday, March 21, at the Travelodge in Little Falls.

Abone, a veteran of the Korean War, developed his management skills in baseball first with the Rome American Little League, then the Rome Federal Little League and the Rome Farm League before settling in with Smith Post of the American Legion Baseball League. Throughout his 38-year career, he compiled a 730-291-4 record, five state finalist appearances, two state titles (1978 and 1998) and numerous Oneida County and District V titles. With Smith Post, he “guided and mentored countless young athletes achieving outstanding success along the way,” the Hall of Fame stated in its announcement. He was inducted into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

At Oneonta State Albin was a two-time All-SUNYAC and was undefeated in conference play, posting a record of 14-0 over his career. He helped lead the Red Dragons to four straight SUNYSC titles. In 1970, Albin led the SUNYAC in pitching and hitting and posted an earned run average of 0.47. The Ilion product played professional baseball in the Montreal Expos organization, amassing a 48-34 overall record with an ERA of 3.07 reaching as high as Triple-A from 1975 to 1977.

Green was a three-sport standout at Notre Dame High School in Utica and also played baseball for the Adrean Pos. During his two-year career at Mohawk Valley Community College he remains the only two-time NJCAA All-American in the program’s history. At Ohio Dominican University, he played in the 1996 NAIA World Series, and was an honorable mention All-American. He was drafted in the 34th Round (933rd overall) of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins. He played for the NY-PENN League’s Utica Blue Sox in 1997 and 1998 and also had stints with the Brevard County Manatees (1998-1999) and the Kane County Cougars (1997). After his playing career ended, Green served as a minor league hitting coach in the Chicago Cubs organization. He was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, and he serves as the director of the Oneida County Youth Bureau and head coach of the varsity baseball team at New Hartford.

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

For more information and to purchase a seat or table, email Travis@mydiamonddawgs.com or contact team owner Travis Heiser at 315-985-0692.

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