War Memorial Stadium...
"The Rockpile"  by

Bob Gaver

located in
Buffalo New York

Former home of the Buffalo Bisons!
"It turned out that Alan Mitchell Edward George Patrick Henry Gallagher, the man with seven names, also had that many managerial problems. He was released by Cleveland at the end of the '83 season and replaced by Jack Aker, the 1983 pitching coach who had once managed in the minors for the Mets. The '84 talent was a shade below that of '83, but the team played hard (finishing 72-67, .518) and was eliminated from the play-offs only in the final few days. If the team had a glaring weakness, it was its lack of a stopper out of the bullpen. Catcher Tim Glass hit 19 home runs and batted .306. Jeff Moronko, who played short and third, was consistent all year, hitting .314, with 13 home runs and 95 RBIs. Most popular of the Bisons was right fielder Nehamas (Pookie) Bernstine (.286 with 8 home runs). Pencil-thin centerfielder Don Carter stole 72 bases, to give Buffalo a second straight league leader. The outstanding pitcher was right-hander Jose Roman (14-6), who earned a late-season promotion to the parent Indians. Fueled by intensified promotional effort, attendance improved to a league-leading 223,443. President Bob Rich, Jr. said he was pleased with the progress that had been made in two years. The apathy of many Buffalo fans toward Double-A ball had been largely overcome; people at last felt comfortable about coming to War Memorial, and a more solid base for Triple-A or possibly major league ball, had been established. On Sept. 1, Rich revealed that the Wichita franchise of the American Association had been purchased, and that Triple-A ball would return to Buffalo for the first time since 1970. The Buffalo News reported the purchase price as $1 million, to be paid over a period of years. Shortly thereafter, President Rich announced he had entered into a one-year working agreement with the Chicago White Sox. On Nov. 8, the White Sox announced they had promoted John Boles from Double-A Glens Falls to be the first manager of Buffalo's modern Triple-A era" *Buffalo Bisons