Buffalo has been the scene of many historic and memorable sports moments over the years involving what most consider our four major professional sports franchises (the Bills, Sabres, Bisons and Braves). We can now add yet another moment in time.
On Sept. 5, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Bisons' first baseman Jeff Manto stepped to the plate for his last "official" at bat for Buffalo, and possibly his professional career. After receiving an emotional and thunderous ovation from almost 20,000 fans, Manto hit a majestic home run high into the left field screen that almost made it on to Oak St. As Manto rounded the bases, time and emotions appeared to stand still. After the game and on the field, Manto then announced his retirement from professional baseball.
Those that had an opportunity to meet him, or read the compelling Buffalo News article about Jeff's personal and professional trials, certainly felt as though they were rounding the bases right along side of him.
When people talk about special sports moments by saying, "I was there when . . . ," they will now add Sept. 5 to their story-telling repertoire.
PAUL JOSEPH SISKA