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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Don Colpoys

   (Born June 19, 1934) -- Don Colpoys is a "baseball lifer" in every sense of the word. Few have done more to promote the game in Western New York over the years.

   His love affair with the game extends way back to when he was an All-Catholic pick for Bishop Timon in the 1950s. He joined the St. Louis Cardinals organization, but saw his career cut short due to injury.

   So, Colpoys simply changed his focus. He played and coached in amateur baseball, serving with the Simon Pures from 1957 to 1970. Manager Colpoys went 46-0 in that first year. He also worked the AAABA Al Maroones.

   Then Colpoys landed jobs as a scout with the Phillies and as a manager with the Niagara Falls team in the New York-Penn league. He started coaching the Canisius College baseball team in 1977, where he won 325 games in a 26-year career. Colpoys also served as the general manager of the Buffalo Bisons from 1979 to 1984.

   He was paid a high tribute for his work in 2011 when he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

--- Budd Bailey

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