Mohawks unveil 2017 Hall of Fame class

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - Updated: 7:17 AM

Recorder file photo Amsterdam Mohawks head coach Keith Griffin reacts after a call by an umpire during the game against Glens Falls on Tuesday, July 26, at Shuttleworth Park.
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The Amsterdam Baseball Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2017 inductees for the Amsterdam Baseball/Mohawks Baseball Hall of Fame committee. Roger Bowman and Paul Mound will make up the Amsterdam wing, while Keith Griffin and Abram Williams will be the Mohawks inductees at the Jan. 28 induction dinner at St. Mary's Institute.

Bowman, an Amsterdam legend who pitched for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1940s and 1950s as part of a 15-year professional career that also saw him win 131 games as a minor leaguer and play in leagues in Cuba and Venezuela, will be a posthumous inductee.

Mound was a member of several stellar Amsterdam High School baseball teams in the 1970s. For the last three years, he has served as the head baseball coach at Union College, producing a 131-95-1 overall record. Under Mound's tutelage, the Dutchmen have won the Liberty League regular season three of the last four years and the league tournament in two of the past three seasons will making a pair of NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

Griffin has spent the last eight seasons as the Mohawks' head coach, coinciding with the team's rise to national prominence. The franchise's all-time leader in wins has led Amsterdam to six league championships -- two in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and four in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League -- since 2009. He will return for a ninth season in 2017 and is on the verge of becoming the first Mohawks coach to reach the 300-win plateau.

Williams is Amsterdam's career saves leader with 21 thanks to a pair of dominant seasons with the team in 2010 and 2011. Coming to the Mohawks from Radford University, Williams notched 11 saves with a 0.39 earned run average in 2010 and followed that up with 10 saves and a 2.42 ERA in 2011.

Former Mohawks catcher and current Tampa Bay Rays player Luke Maile will serve as the keynote speaker at the induction dinner, highlighting this year's theme of "From the Mohawks to the Majors."

The induction dinner typically attracts more than 350 guests, and this year's event is expected to have an even larger turnout. Tickets for the evening are $45 and include a cocktail hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a full dinner and autograph and picture time with Maile. There will also be an extensive live and silent auction.

For tickets, contact team president Brian Spagnola at 518-791-7546 or

Recorder file photo

Union College baseball coach Paul Mound, an Amsterdam native, checks his lineup card before the Dutchmen played Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the opening round of the 2016 Liberty League championships May 13 at Shuttleworth Park.