by Amy Moritz
Former players David Roberts and Ernie Young along with Buffalo News sports reporter Mike Harrington were officially named today to the Class of 2013 for the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.
Roberts played for the Herd from 1998-2001 and is the franchise's modern-era leader in stolen bases with 97. His longest season with the Bisosn came in 2000 when he batted .292, drove in 55 runs and stole 39 bases in 120 games.
He is part of baseball lore after "the steal" for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox were on the verge of elimination to the New York Yankees, trailing 4-3 in the ninth in Game 4. Kevin Millar drew a walk and Roberts went in as the pinch runner. He stole second then scored the tying run on a single by Bill Mueller. Boston went on to win that game in 12 innings, sparking an eight-game winning streak to give the Red Sox their first World Series championship since 1918.
Young played with the Herd in 2004 and 2005, part of the franchise's last championship team (2004 Governors Cup) and the last team to the make the playoffs (2005). In 2004, he batted .299, driving in 100 runs with 27 home runs. He followed that up with a 20-homer, 78-RBI season in 2005.
Harrington joins the Class of 2013. The Amherst native started at The Buffalo News in 1987, took over as the Bisons' beat reporter in 1993 and debuted the Sunday column, "Inside Baseball" in 2004. He covered the Herd's championship seasons in 1997, 1998 and 2004 and has covered every World Series since 2000.
All three will be formally inducted before the Bisons game on July 19 when the Herd hosts the Toledo Mud Hens.