Alaska loses baseball icon

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jan 6, 2012

The Alaska baseball community lost one of the true giants of the game late Thursday night with the passing of Anchorage Bucs founder Dennis E. Mattingly. He was 63.

His wife Sandy and his three children Shane, Tony and Rhonda were at his side when he died at his home around 10 p.m. after a 12-year fight with cancer.

Mattingly was involved with Alaska baseball for more than 40 years, working at every step from Little League to American Legion to Adult League to the Alaska Baseball League.

He even had ties to Major League Baseball, helping dozens of players get to ‘The Show’ through their time in the summer with the Bucs.

He helped put Alaska baseball on the map.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tudor Road Bingo.

Next summer the family would like his ashes to be spread over the field at Mulcahy Stadium.

“Maybe opening day, I don’t know,” Tony said.