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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: George Carter

(Born on January 10, 1944) -- George Carter wasn’t good at every sport on the planet. It only seemed that way.

He established that reputation at Silver Creek High School. Carter was an all-Western New York selection twice in basketball, and had the same honor in football once. In the spring, Carter won a sectional title at the 100-yard dash.

Carter went down the road to St. Bonaventure for college. He led the Bonnies in scoring twice and in rebounding three times – not bad for a 6-foot-4 player. Then in 1967, Carter had his choice of professions ... since he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, and the Buffalo Bills, and the New York Mets.

Carter only played in one game in the NBA before serving a two-year commitment in the armed forced. He came back to the American Basketball Association, the swingman played for eight different teams in seven years. He scored no matter where he played, averaging about 18 points per game. Carter also played with such stars as Julius Erving and Charlie Scott.

Since retiring from basketball, Carter has spent plenty of time going to Hall of Fame inductions. Everyone from his high school and college to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame has honored him.

--- 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.