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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The best Bison ever?

   August 5, 1939 -- It took a while, but Ollie Carnegie finally got to take a bow on this day.

   The legendary Buffalo Bisons outfielder was given an award as the Most Valuable Player of the International League for the 1938 season. It was his eighth year as a Bison, and it might have been his best.

   The outfielder hit .330 that year for Buffalo, and poked 45 home runs with a .649 slugging percentage. That's pretty good for a man of 39.

   Carnegie was still a regular the next season when he hit .294 with 29 homers. His performance dropped off a bit after that, but he even made a short comeback in 1945 at the age of 46 to play his last 39 games in a Buffalo uniform. Carnegie hit .301 in that stint.

   In 15 minor league seasons, Carnegie hit .309 with 297 homers. He is in several Hall of Fames, and the Bisons retired his number (6). You'd have to say he did pretty well for someone who never played pro baseball regularly until he was 32.

--- Budd Bailey

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