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.