© Karl R. Josker
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The Phillies PDC would come to an end in 1963 and they would take their Triple-A operations south to Little Rock Arkansas’s Ray Winder Field. Taking their place would be a brand new franchise which had begun play the season before in Queens New York. The Mets would make Buffalo’s War Memorial Stadium, their 1st official Triple-A home. "Aug. 19, 1963, 26,523 fans, the largest number ever to see a baseball game in Buffalo, came to War Memorial Stadium. Unfortunately, the game did not directly involve the Bisons. It was the International League All-Stars vs. the New York Yankees - a game, incidentally, won by the minor-leaguers, 5-0. The '63 Bisons were anything but all-stars" * Buffalo Bisons. The Bisons "tried 41 ballplayers. It was a classic case of quantity but not quality. Marvelous Marve Throneberry, symbol of mediocrity as a ballplayer but a star on beer commercials, lived up to his earlier Met reputation. In 88 games for the Bisons he hit 16 home runs, which was not bad, but his batting average was 14 points below his weight, which was 190". *Buffalo Bisons. Marv would of course be known for his famed "Home Run" in which he was later called out for missing 3rd. When Casey Stengel came running out the argue, the umpire quickly stopped him in his tracks stating that not only had Marvelous Marv missed 3rd, he missed 1st and 2nd base as well. A stunned Casey Stengel could do nothing except wander back to the dugout shaking his head and muttering to himself.