Photograph Bob Gaver

"After the disastrous '82 season, the Bisons were $70,000 in debt and practically belly-up. They had made a little money the first two years, but had lost heavily the next two. It was obvious a white knight was needed. Rescue came in the form of the Rich Products Corp., a highly-successful frozen-food company, founded by Robert E. Rich, Sr. The Rich interests offered to invest enough to payoff the debts, buy up the stock at 10 cents on the dollar and set up an operating fund. The deal was struck. (It is believed $100 to $115 thousand was the consideration). Robert E. Rich, Jr. became president, while Don Colpoys stayed on as general manager, assisted by Jack Tracz. Michael J. Billoni, ex-Courier-Express reporter, was hired as director of publicity and promotions. The Bisons then entered into a working agreement with the Cleveland Indians, who sent as manager, Alan Mitchell Edward George Patrick Henry Gallagher. (That's one name). He preferred to be called "Dirty Al." Revival on the field and at the box office was almost instantaneous." *Buffalo Bisons