(Born July 25, 1965) - Give yourself some bonus points if you know the full name of Torey Lovullo. Considering how much time he’s spent in Western New York, more people should know the story of Salvatore Anthony Lovullo.
Lovullo grew up in Southern California, as his father Sam was a producer of the television series, "Hee Haw." Torey played college baseball at UCLA and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1987.
Lovullo made it to the big leagues in 1988, but that was only the start of a nomadic career. Playing mostly as an infield utilityman, he spent time with six other major league teams. In between, he played three years in Buffalo and was a big part of two teams that won back-to-back championships here.
In 2001 after a year in Japan, it was time for Torey to turn to coaching. He worked his way up the ladder again and landed in Buffalo as the Bisons’ manager in 2006. No wonder he’s in the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.
Lovullo has come close to managing in the big leagues, getting interviews for jobs. He’s waiting for another chance while serving as a coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.
– Budd Bailey