Photograph Bob Gaver

"Constant callups to Chicago by White Sox GM Ken ""Hawk'' Harrelson derailed the season and left the Herd in the second place, eight games behind Indianapolis. De Sa had another big year (.284-17-83) and so did fleet outfielders Daryl Boston (.303, 38 stolen bases) and Rodney Craig (.279, 29 steals). De Sa and Boston were Association all-stars. The big story was on the mound, where lefty Pete Filson went 14-3, 2.27 to earn Association pitcher of the year. One of the longest games in the franchise's 101 seasons was played Aug. 17 in Indianapolis, a 6-5 victory in 20 innings. It took 5 hours, 39 minutes and was won when De Sa scooted home on a passed ball. Filson pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit relief but got no decision as Jack Hardy earned the win. Buffalo had won one other 20-inning affair, in 1921 against Toronto in Offermann Stadium. Following the season, the Bisons and White Sox parted ways and Buffalo announced it would partner with the Cleveland Indians in 1987. On Dec. 20, 1986, tragedy struck the franchise as De Sa was killed in a car accident following a winter league game in Puerto Rico. He was just 27. To this day, the team's Most Inspirational Player award is named in De Sa's honor." *Buffalo Bisons