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      March 25, 1991 -- The city of Buffalo had high hopes of getting an expansion team when Major League Baseball decided to add two teams in the 1990's. The city had a great track record of baseball interest and powerful local backing in Bob Rich Jr.

     A committee came to town on this day to see the then-relatively new Pilot Field and talk to everyone involved. It was part of a grand tour of possible expansion locations by the National League.

     Afterwards, the committee members met the media Ñ and didn't reveal a great deal about what they thought. However, one clue was supplied by Pittsburgh Pirates chairman Douglas Danforth, when asked about Buffalo's negatives in the expansion race.

     "It would be great if you had another million people living here," answered Danforth.

     The immediate translation was that Buffalo would have trouble competing with larger markets. That turned out to be the case, when Denver and Miami received expansion franchises.

--- Budd Bailey

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