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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Razor Shines

(Born July 18, 1956) -- Admit it - it’s one of the great names in Buffalo baseball history, even if he only was here for one season.

The full name is actually Anthony Razor Shines. His grandfather named his father Razor, dad passed it along to Anthony, and Anthony gave it to his son.

Shines started his professional baseball career in 1978, when he played in Jamestown. Razor slowly worked his way up the ladder, arriving in Indianapolis in AAA ball in 1984. He stayed for seven years.

Then it was on to Buffalo, where Shines spent the 1990 season. He was a popular figure even though he only hit .190.

Razor probably missed Indianapolis, as he went back there for three more seasons before retiring. He only played in 68 major-league games, in part because he got stuck behind some of the first basemen/third basemen in the Expos' organization over the years. Shines then spent eight years as a minor league manager.

--- 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.