Virginia native John Graham return for his fourth season at Auburn. In 1988 he served as Assistant Genreal Manager while in 1989 he was Business Manager. Graham was named General Manager on September 26, 1989. In his first year as GM attendance soared to 45,475
Graham began his pro baseball career in 1976 at Peninsula of the Carolina League. He spent the next ten years with the Hampton, VA based team in various positions, the last being Vice-President and General Manager. 1991 marks his 16th season in professional baseball. "Baseball has always been a big part of my life. Watching former players make it to the majors is always a pleasure," said Graham.
Graham has also done quite a few games on radio during his baseball career. In 16 years, he has broadcast over 500 games including the Carolina League championships in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1984. He will team with Mike Dwello for a 25-game package on WMBO 1340 AM in 1991. "Baseball Administration is my first love, but when I can, I enjoy calling a game on the radio. It's a great thrill."
The 31 year old Waynesboro, VA native looks forward to 1991. "We have a great staff and group of directors. With our lineup of promotions, attendance should continue to rise. The fans of Auburn and Cayuga County have been great. 1991 is a big year for Auburn baseball. The new agreement with major league baseball has put a real hardship on the smaller cities like Auburn, but I know the fans will respond."
NY-Penn League President Leo Pinckney had this to say about John: "He is a fine young executive who has done an outstanding job. Auburn should have a fine season."
Graham's biggest thrill in baseball was winning Carolina League championships in 1977 and 1980. He is very active in civic and political activities. He won the Bill Dancy award in 1987 for outstanding contributions to baseball on the Peninsula. He was also named outstanding Peninsula baseball broadcaster and nominated for Carolina League Executive of the Year.
His goals for 1991 are to increase attendance, win the NY-Penn League title and finally get even with Geneva by winning the Mayors Trophy series with the Cubs.
The late Mr. Graham also kept a website entitled The Peninsula Baseball Hall of Fame, and as of January 2009 was still up. There's some interesting stuff you can check out here.
There's also a cool picture taken in 1991 of Graham with Auburn's then President of Operations Chuck Savage here
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