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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: One last hurrah

   August 21, 1964 -- This was Old Timers' Reunion Day for the Buffalo Bisons. It was also Dave Danforth's last appearance in a Bisons' uniform.

   Danforth had an odd baseball career, in part because it was a long one. He started it in 1911 with the Philadelphia Athletics, but didn't make the majors for good until 1916 with the Chicago White Sox. Danforth spent four years with the White Sox, and added four more with the Browns.

   It looks like Danforth's career was over in 1926, but he continued to pitch in the minors. He caught on with Buffalo in July, 1930, and pitched in the bright lights of Buffalo ... literally. His first game came on July 3 against Montreal in the first night game played in the history of the International League. Danforth struck out 10 but lost, 5-4.

   Then on September 20, he struck out 20 Rochester Red Wings to set a league record. He went 12-8 that season.

   Danforth was released early in the following season, and came back for four games in 1932 to finish his career. He wound up with 177 career wins in the minors to go with 71 wins in the majors.

   Danforth became a dentist after retiring from baseball and stayed in that business until the age of 70. He died in 1970 at the age of 80.

--- 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.

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