War Memorial Stadium...
"The Rockpile"  by

Bob Gaver

located in
Buffalo New York

Former home of the Buffalo Bisons!
"The first game at War Memorial was played on May 3 1961. A crowd of 20,619 was on hand to watch the Bisons defeat the Puerto Rico Marlins, 4-3. The winning pitcher was Dick Ricketts and the tie-breaking run was scored by Jim Frey, future major league manager at Kansas City and Chicago. The first Bison home run was to come on May 5 off the bat of Walter Shannon". * Buffalo Bisons. The Bisons featured 4 big sluggers who tried to make the best of the ballpark, 3 of which would tie for the team lead in Homers with 24... Don Mincher (13 2B, 24 HR, 66 RBI, .257), Felix Torres (32 2B, 24 RBI, 97 RBI, .278) and the big star... Ted Savage (29 2B, 24, HR, 65 RBI, 31 SB, .325) who led the league in hitting and was the winner of the I.L. MVP Award was joined by Tony Curry (21 HR, .285), Jacke Davis (31 2B, 16 HR, 72 RBI, .303) and Jim Frey (17 2B, 10 HR, .263) for one of the strongest lineups in all of Triple-A baseball. On the mound meanwhile, Babe, Birrer (11-9, 3.68), Wally Seward (11-4, 2.55), Paul Brown (3-2, 2.20), Max Surkont (8-4, 3.22), Bill Smith (9-7, 3.56), Ed Keegan (7-5, 3.32) and Dick Ricketts (10-12, 3.76) manned the rotation.