On November 1, 2004 — Wally Backman signs a two-year contract to manage the Diamondbacks, baseball’s worst team last season. The 45 year-old former major league infielder, who replaces interim manager Al Pedrique, was the skipper of the Lancaster JetHawks, Arizona’s Class A team in California, posting an 86-54 record.

 


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Sources:
Baseball Reference November 1
National Pastime November 1
Retro Sheet
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