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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Called up to the majors

   July 27, 1965 -- Times were tough for the New York Mets during much of the early 1960's. They were usually around the basement of the National League after entering organized baseball as an expansion team in 1962.

   As you might expect, there wasn't much help in the farm system either. Ask the Buffalo Bisons of 1965.

   When bad baseball is mentioned in these parts, that '65 team comes up. Buffalo started the season with an 8-21 record at the end of May. On this date, the Bisons were 30-79 and had lost 13 in a row.

   Manager Warren "Sheriff" Robinson was called up to the big club at this point. Manager Casey Stengel had broken his hip, and the Mets needed help on the coaching staff. Stengel retired the next month at the age of 75.

   Kerby Farrell replaced Robinson, and he did bring some signs of life to the franchise. The Bisons went 21-17 the rest of the way, but it added up to 51-96 for the season. Buffalo switched affiliations to the Reds in 1966.

   That '65 team had a few players who helped the Mets win the pennant in 1969, such as Cleon Jones and Bud Harrelson. But the Bisons hit .234 as a team, no small accomplishment for a team that played in War Memorial Stadium.

--- 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.