War Memorial Stadium...
"The Rockpile"
Courtesy of

Tim Maloney

located in
Buffalo New York

Former home of the Buffalo Bisons!
There were a few decent players however. Joe Christopher (19 HR, .288), Joe Hicks (14 HR, .320) and Pumpsie Green (18 2B, 17 HR, .308) certainly provided some higher quality hitting, while Dick Ricketts (11-3, 3.74) and Willard Hunter (10-5, 4.21) provided some stable pitching. "The club finished eighth in the 10-club circuit. Attendance dropped alarmingly to 136,020, while red ink flowed to the tune of $25,472. At the end of the year, management asked Farrell, "What have you done for me lately?" and not being satisfied with his answer, fired him. In five years at the helm, his record was 399 wins and 363 losses, and he had guided the Bisons to a pennant, a Governors' Cup and a Junior World Series title. At the annual meeting of the Buffalo Baseball Club in November, 1963, John C. Stiglmeier was deposed as president and replaced by radio-TV executive Van Beuren W. DeVries. The change was engineered by Sportservice Corp., which owned 67,500 of the 184,511 shares outstanding. Stiglmeier, though shocked at his dismissal, did not fight it, saying, "They hold the trump cards." Meanwhile, all of the old directors had either resigned or were voted out. Community-owned baseball in Buffalo was dead. Still working with the Mets, and with George (Whitey) Kurowski as manager, the Bisons were much improved over the last two second-division clubs. They finished third @ 80-69, but then lost in the first round of the play-offs.*Buffalo Bisons