Photograph Bob Gaver

"In three seasons as a Pirate farm club, the Bisons had dropped from fourth to fifth to seventh. The regression continued in '82 when the team, under Tommy Sandt, finished last in both halves of the season. It was the worst possible scenario for the future of Eastern League baseball in Buffalo. General Manager Colpoys and his staff tried desperately to promote, but the gaseous performance of the team was too much to overcome. About the only player the Buffalo fans (what few there were) could applaud was designated hitter Alfredo Torres, who hit 26 home runs, had 97 RBIs and made the all-star team. On Aug. 27 against West Haven, the Bisons had a team-effort no-hit, no-run game. It was only a seven-inning job, but still three pitchers (Tim Wheeler, Ben Wiltbank and Craig Pippin) were used. The downward cycle of the team on the field was matched perfectly at the box office. Attendance was only 77,077 and it was apparent that the franchise could not last much longer, following its present course" *Buffalo Bisons.
1982 final season record: 55-84, .396