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)
If the Bisons were ever going to win the Championship, they would need to reach a level of consistency that would remain with them throughout the year. Much of that would have to do with keeping the lineup fresh and filled with talent. That talent came to the team in 1997. A new superstar emerged and for the 2nd year in a row, the 30 HR barrier was broken as Richie Sexson slammed 31 HR, 88 RBI and batted .260 to take over Coca-Cola Fieldís HR crown. Sexson would go on to become a 2 time 45 HR hitter in the Major Leagues for the Milwaukee Brewers. Surrounding Sexson in the lineup was Jeff Manto (20 HR, .321, First Bison with 3 HR in a game), Bruce Aven (17 HR, .287), Enrique Wilson (11 HR, .306), Les Norman (17 HR, .259) and Trenidad Hubbard (22 2B, 16 HR, 26 SB, .312). This was the most formidable lineup that the Bisons had ever presented. The starting rotation meanwhile would seem to have pitchers coming in and out throughout the season but it always seemed to feature talent and one piece of that talent would prove to be one Coca-Colaís best. Future  2 time 20 game winner and superstar Bartolo Colon (7-1, 2.22) came to the Bisons on his way to an MLB All-Star career and proved just how exciting of a pitcher he would become. As the Bisons celebrated their 10 millionth fan with great ceremony, Bartolo Colon took the mound and in front of a very excited crowd, threw the first Bisonís no-hitter at Coca-Cola Field. Colon would go 20-8 in 2002 for the Indians and Expos and then pitch to a 21-8 record in 2005 for the Angels. Also helping out in the starting rotation was a returning Brian Anderson (7-1, 3.05), Terry Clark (7-3, 3.05) Roland De La Maza (9-4, 2.90), Marcus Moore (5-3, 2.54) and Dave Weathers (4-3, 3.15).