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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The stars come out

   July 13, 1988 -- It was an idea that was long overdue.

   Take the best players in Triple-A, send them to one place, and have an all-star game a day after the major league version.

   That's exactly what happened when the first Triple-A All-Star Game was staged. What's more, it was held at then-Pilot Field in Buffalo.

   A sellout crowd of 19,500 watched the contest, which was won by the American League, 2-1. Two Bisons played in the game, but Benny Distefano and Tom Prince went a combined 0 for 5.

   There were some familiar names in the contest. Steve Finley, Carlos Quintana, Urbina Lugo, Gregg Jeffries and Mark Carreon all participated. They all spent time in the major leagues.

   The game has become an annual success story. What's more, the 25th game will be held where the first one was staged -- even if Pilot Field has become Coca-Cola Field.

--- Budd Bailey

   This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Jack Kemp, Bills quarterback - 1935; Bob Kauffman, Braves forward - 1946.


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.