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Wally Backman back in Albany to give back

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By Joey Donia - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -    Albany's youth received tips for baseball and life Saturday from a former World Series Champion.

Former Manager of the now defunct South Georgia Peanuts Wally Backman spent the morning in the good life city as a special guest at a baseball clinic with Specific Sports.

Backman played in the Major Leagues from 1980 to 1993 and won a World Series ring in 1986 with the New York Mets.

Backman is glad to share his baseball knowledge with young athletes but preaches lessons for life as well.

"It's about dedication. Not only in sports but in life in general and their school work and telling them how important school is. I know everybody wants to be a major league baseball player and unfortunately it's not going to happen for everybody but work ethics is what I really try to instill in them" said Backman.

This was Backman's first trip back to Albany since leading the Peanuts to a South Coast League Championship in 2007.

Backman was on his way to the New York Mets spring training in St. Lucie, Florida. He is serving as manager of the club's single A Brooklyn Cyclones this season.

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