War Memorial Stadium...
"The Rockpile"  by

Bob Gaver

located in
Buffalo New York

Former home of the Buffalo Bisons!
"The problem of where to play was resolved by a compromise: Sundays and holidays at War Memorial and night games at Hyde Park in Niagara Falls. In keeping with this plan, two opening days were scheduled, one at each park. The April 27 1968, opener at the Falls drew 3,871; 3,541 came out the next day for a doubleheader at War Memorial. (Before the season was over, all games were transferred to Hyde Park.) Now working with the Washington Senators and with The Twig, Wayne Terwilliger, as manager, the Bisons, if nothing else, reintroduced the home run to Buffalo-Niagara Falls fans. Outfielder Brant Alyea hit 31, but drove in only 61 runs. First baseman Bob Chance was the most consistent with a .293 average, 29 home runs and 84 RBIs. Major league veteran Hector Lopez hit 13 home runs and batted .258. Future major leaguer, lefty Steve Jones, was the team's best pitcher (12-8, with an ERA of 3.02). Overall, the team's play reflected the uncertainties about its home base and its very existence. The Bisons were in the second division all year long and wound up seventh (66-81, .449), as they had in '67. Attendance totaled 109,774. The amount of money lost was not made public.