Coca-Cola Field

aka Pilot Field
Dunn Tire Park
North Americare Pk
Downtown Ballpark

Buffalo New York

Home of the
Buffalo Bison

International League
(Triple-A)
The Bisons drew only 950,000 fans to the ballpark, their worst season yet at the gate but still in the all time top 10 draw ever, for a Minor League team. The Bisons continued to improve in 1996, this time taking 1st place behind some amazing fireworks by Nigel Wilson (23 2B, 30 HR, 95 RBI, .299), the 1st slugger to break the 30 HR mark (or the 22 HR mark for that matter) at Coca-Cola Field; future MLB superstar Brian Giles (20 HR, .314) and former NY Metsí Ryan Thompson (25 2B, 21 HR, .259) meanwhile, gave the Bisons their first trio of players with over 20 HR. Supporting cast included Casey Candaele (22 2B, .311) Damian Jackson (15 2B, 12 HR, 24 SB, .257), Steve Dunn (20 2B, 12 HR, .290), Herbert Perry (151 AB, .338) and Don Sparks (32 2B, 8 HR, .295). On the mound Jimmy Williams (12-3, 4.04), Albie Lopez (10-2, 3.87), Brian Anderson (11-5, 3.59) and Joe Roa (11-8, 3.27) made for a very formidable starting rotation. Closer and future MLB All-Star Danny Graves (4-3-19 Sv, 1.48) and Paul Shuey (3-2, 0.81) meanwhile, were both strong out of the pen. This seemed to be a better team than the season before finishing with an 84-60 (.583) record. They were however, not the same team after the All-Star break. After the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra played the fireworks show for the 4th of July, the Bisons had put up an outstanding 60-26 (.698) record. They would play well under .500 down the stretch and in the playoffs for their 4th attempt to bring a championship home, the Bisons rolled over and played dead losing to Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs. 876,000 fans came to see the Bisons miss their mark for the 4th time.