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

Tim Maloney

located in
Buffalo New York

Former home of the Buffalo Bisons!
"The Pirates sent the Bisons a couple of youngsters who salivated when they saw the friendly right field wall at War Memorial Stadium. Outfielder Rick Lancellotti hit 41 home runs, putting him third on the all-time Buffalo list behind Ollie Carnegie and Billy Kelly. His 41 home runs also tied the all-time Eastern League mark set by Ken Strong of Hazleton in 1930, and earned him the "Player of the Year" award for the league. Brilliant catcher Tony Pena, who ranks high on the long list of great Buffalo catchers, hit 34 home runs and batted .313. Future major leaguer Lu Salazar hit 27 home runs and versatile Chuck Valley 25. The 198 home runs hit by this first Buffalo Double-A club not only was a Buffalo record (old mark was 192 in 1932), but also was an Eastern League record. The Bisons tried 18 pitchers, but other than Jim Smith (9-0) not one notched more than seven wins. As for Smith, he was moved up to Portland of the Pacific Coast League during the year, developed a sore arm, returned to Buffalo and never pitched again. The fourth place Bisons attracted 133,148 fans, by far the highest attendance in the Eastern League". * Buffalo Bisons. The team finished with a  72-67, .518 record in 4th place