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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: On and on

     August 17, 1986 -- The Buffalo Bisons played the Indianapolis Indians on this date. And played them, and played them, and played them some more.

     The two teams squared off in the American Association, and it took 20 innings to decide a winner. The game took five hours and 39 minutes, and finally ended when Joe De Sa came home on a passed ball to give the Bisons a 6-5 win.

     The Bisons had only one other 20-inning game in their history. It came in 1921 against Toronto in Offerman Stadium.

     One of the unsung heroes of the game was Pete Filson, who threw seven scoreless innings for Buffalo along the way. Filson only gave up three hits in his outing. It was Jack Hardy, however, who earned the win.

     Hardy only had one other win that season. Filson got plenty of wins in 1986, as he went 14-3 and was the only Buffalo pitcher to win more than 10 games.

     De Sa led the team in games played with 130, and also hit 17 homers to rank first on the Buffalo roster. De Sa died later that year in an auto accident.

--- 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.