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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Rockin' the Rockpile in June

   June 27, 1964 -- War Memorial Stadium had some good talent play on its surface over the years. There was certainly a lot of it on this night.

   It was the night of the then-annual All-America football game. Some of the best graduating players in the country would come to Buffalo once a year and display their talents.

   How good were the players? Let's see … Paul Warfield was a great wide reciever. Willie Brown, Carl Eller and Charlie Taylor were all-time greats. Dave Wilcox was a standout linebacker. 

  And that doesn't include names like Tom Keating, Gerry Philbin (of UB), Matt Snell, Billy Truax and Dave Parks. You might remember Dave Kopay, who was forced into kicking duties because neither team bothered to bring one.

   The coaches were Bob Devaney of Nebraska and Pete Elliott of Illinois. For the record, the
East beat the West, 18-15.

--- Budd Bailey


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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.