War Memorial Stadium...
"The Rockpile" from
"The Natural"
(capture by
Larry Klug)

located in
Buffalo New York

Former home of the Buffalo Bisons!
"In contrast to Pittsburgh, Cleveland was able to supply several players of good Double-A quality. Outfielder Dave Gallagher (.338) led the league in hitting. Centerfielder Dwight Taylor batted .302, but more significantly, stole 95 bases to set a Buffalo record. (The old record of 82 had been set by Ted Scheffler in 1891). First baseman-outfielder George Cecchetti batted .323 and added eight home runs. Jim Wilson, a first baseman of Billy Kelly proportions, hit 26 home runs, batted .290 and had 105 RBIs. When catcher John Malkin had a falling-out with Manager Gallagher, he asked to be traded. Off he went to Lynn and in his place came pitcher Steve Farr, who had been with Buffalo as a Pittsburgh farmhand the previous three seasons. Farr was almost invincible, winning 13 of 14 decisions and allowing only 1.61 earned runs per nine innings. Other good pitching performers were Robin Fuson (13-11) and Ramon Romero (10-4). The team appeared to run out of gas late in the year, and its third place finish was viewed as a disappointment. The malaise of late August continued into the play-offs in which the Bisons were eliminated by Lynn, 2-0. The Rich people applied their marketing expertise to baseball, and found that it worked. Attendance almost tripled to 200,531, best in the league, but by just a narrow margin over Albany. An added fillip to the highly successful season was the transformation of War Memorial Stadium into a ball park of 1939 vintage for the filming of the Bernard Malamud novel, The Natural, starring Robert Redford.". *Buffalo Bisons