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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: No-no, Bartolo

     June 20, 1997 -- Bartolo Colon has some plenty of high points in his baseball career, despite battling injuries at times. He's also had some low points. One of the biggest highs came in Buffalo.

     Colon pitched the first no-hitter in the history of the downtown ballpark on this date, blanking New Orleans, 4-0. A crowd of 15,496 turned out in what was then called North AmeriCare Park for the game, as the team celebrated its 10-millionth fan in the building.

     The 22-year-old Colon couldn't have been much sharper. He only faced the minimum of 27 Zephyr batters in the victory.

     The last Buffalo pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Dick Marlowe against the Baltimore Orioles in the International League in 1952.

     Russ Johnson reached base when he walked in the first inning, but was thrown out while trying to steal. Brian Grebeck made the last out, a pop-up to second baseman Enrique Wilson.

     "I thought it was going to land," Colon said of the final out.

     Colon made a dramatic return to major league baseball this year, finding his old form early in the season in joining the Yankees' starting rotation.

--- Budd Bailey

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Budd Bailey

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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.

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