Photograph Bob Gaver
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Philadelphia Phillies would take their Triple-A operations south to Little Rock Arkansas's Ray Winder Field. Taking their place ironically would be that brand new "New York Mets" franchise that William A. Shea was granted in 1962 when he compromised with the MLB and dissembled his renegade Major League ... thus leaving Buffalo without a Major League team. War Memorial Stadium would actually be the Mets' 1st official Triple-A home as they played without one in their first season of existence in 1962. The fact was, the Mets didn't need a Triple-A before 1963 because they didn't have enough "high level Triple-A talent" accumulated to field a team (which is one reason why the Mets lost 120 games in 1962). The Mets new Triple-A franchise would see the likes of 41 different ballplayers. It was a classic case of quantity but not quality. Marvelous Marv Throneberry... a 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. On 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. *Buffalo Bisons.