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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Alive and kicking

   November 17, 1979 -- Something of a new era was about to start in Buffalo's sports history, and today marked the first sign that it was going to come to pass.

   The Buffalo Stallions were an expansion entry in the Major Indoor Soccer League. On this date, the Stallions played their first game in history, an exhibition contest against the Philadelphia Fever.

   It was part of a good-sized expansion by the league. Cincinnati had folded over the summer, but Buffalo joined Hartford, Wichita, Detroit and St. Louis as members of the league.

   That first Stallions team had an interesting collection of talent. Its first acquisition was Jim May, a goalie who had played outdoor soccer in Rochester. But general manager/coach Sal DeRosa headed to Yugoslavia to acquire talent for the team. He came back with Slobodan Jankovic, Iubo Petrovic and Stan Karasi. It also had Jim Sinclair, who turned out to be the rookie of the year.

   And give yourself 10 points if you recognized the title of this article as coming from the Stallions' theme song.

--- 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.