The Buffalo Bisons are mourning the loss of "The Butcher."
Donald Palmer, better known the bat boy and fixture at Bisons games at War Memorial Stadium in the 1980s, died.
"The Butcher was more than just a bat boy, rather a major part of the overall experience that Bisons fans had when they attended games at War Memorial Stadium," Jonathan A. Dandes, President of Rich Baseball Operations, wrote in a statement released by the Bisons. "The commitment and passion that he brought to every game made him as beloved as anyone else in a Bisons' uniform. He and his contributions to the early success of Bisons baseball will forever be missed."
"The Butcher is and will forever be a part of the Buffalo Bisons history," Mike Buczkowski, Bisons general manager, said. "Not only did he reach so many of us in the Bisons organization, but so many former managers and players recall to us how much he meant to the game here in Buffalo. All of us will miss him deeply."