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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Dan Carnevale

(Born on February 8, 1918) -- It’s doubtful that anyone was more enthusiastic about Buffalo baseball than Dan Carnevale. After all, he spent all of his adult life connected to the sport.

Carnevale merely earned nine letters at St. Joe’s, and played baseball at Canisius College. There he signed to play professionally, and started his odyssey. In 1937, Carnevale hit .354 and reportedly drove in 100 runs in 101 games for Cornwall

He went on to play for 15 years through 1953, including with the Bisons. Carnevale’s lifetime batting average was .284, and he played in 14 different cities. But by then he’d already done some minor-league managing, starting in 1947.

Carnevale’s managing days ended its first run in 1955, when he was the skipper of the Bisons. In the next two seasons, Carnevale served as the Herd’s general manager. The team won the playoff championship in 1957 and drew almost a half-million fans.

He became a scout in 1962, although he did serve as a first-base coach for the Athletics in 1970. Carnevale joined the Indians’ organization in 1972 as a special assignment scout. He died in 2005.

--- Budd Bailey

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