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Bisons' Rockpile finale was 25 years ago today

The Buffalo Bisons just wrapped up their 25th anniversary season in Coca-Cola Field but today is another milestone in the franchise's history. On Aug. 30, 1987 -- 25 years ago today -- the Bisons played their final game in War Memorial Stadium.

DSCN2075It was a memorable, sunny Sunday afternoon against the Nashville Sounds, a game the Bisons gave up two unearned runs in the ninth to suffer a 7-5 loss. The last Buffalo home run was by third baseman Eddie Williams. The last out was a grounder to second by Don Lovell. The final winning pitcher was Tonawanda native and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Famer Bill Scherrer, now a special assistant to the GM for the Chicago White Sox living in Arizona. The attendance was 25,412.

I was there that day in the third-base stands. That's my ticket to the right from my archives. It had been a great summer after college of hanging out at the old ballpark with the lobby behind home plate, the pizza stand in foul territory down the right-field line past the box seats and the short-porch general admission seats behind the right-field screen.

I remember Sinatra's "New York, New York" after the final out and "There Used to be a Ballpark" as we walked out for the final time, full of memories but looking forward to the move downtown.

Courtesy of the archives of Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Pete Weber, click below for some sounds from that game.


Weber and John Murphy with legendary scout Cy Williams of South Buffalo


Weber calls the final out


Weber's final signoff from the Dodge Street side for WBEN

Weber also tweeted a link to an incredible YouTube video a fan sent him of that final day. Great shots of the Earl of Bud, Mayor Griffin, Bob Rich. Jr., the Butcher, the terrible Buster Bison costume of the day, Williams coming around second on his home run, the "Home Plate Dancers" (1987 Fans of the Year), the stands and the press box (the broadcaster is actually Nashville's Bob Jamison).

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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