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Sexson and McGuire are bound for Buffalo Hall

Former Buffalo slugger Richie Sexson and longtime Bisons broadcaster Duke McGuire will be inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame in ceremonies next month, the team announced Saturday night.

Sexson, who belted 52 home runs for the Herd in 1997-98 and 306 for five big-league teams, and McGuire will be inducted prior to the July 18 game against Gwinnett. Former Bisons outfielder Frank Carswell and ex-Newark outfielder Bob Seeds will be added to the International League Hall of Fame.

Sexson led the American Association in 1997 with 31 home runs and belted a three-run home run off Kerry Wood in the clinching game of the Association finals at Iowa. Sexson added 21 homers in 1998 before leaving for Cleveland. His 52 homers are fifth in the modern era.

Sexson was a National League All-Star for Milwaukee in 2002-03 and had a career-high 45 homers for the Brewers in 2001. He had six 30-home run seasons and six 100-RBI seasons.

McGuire, a Snyder native, has served in various roles for the Bisons the last 32 years. He was the team's public address announcer from 1981-1995 and has served exclusively as a radio/television analyst since 1996.

McGuire was drafted by the New York Mets out of high school in 1970 and in the first round of the secondary phase by the Tigers in 1972. He played for then-manager Jim Leyland at Clinton in the Midwest League in 1973. McGuire was named MVP of the 1978 Niagara Falls Pirates, for whom he served as player-manager.

Carswell played five seasons for the Bisons (1946, 1951-54), batting .323 with 78 homers. Seeds is best known for going 9 for 10 with seven homers and 17 RBIs against the Bisons in a two-game stretch at Offermann Stadium on May 6-7, 1938. He went 6 for 6 with four homers in the first game.


Valentino Pascucci was hoping to start the season with the Bisons but was released in spring training and headed to Camden in the Atlantic League for a few weeks. He re-signed with the Mets in mid-May and notched a slice of Bisons history with three home runs in Friday's 6-4 win.

Pascucci became the seventh Bison to have a three-homer game in the modern era. Russell Branyan had two in 1999 and the others were by Al Martin (1992), Jeff Manto (1997), Bill Selby (2000), Ryan Ludwick (2004) and Dusty Wathan (2005).

Pascucci blasted a three-run homer in the first and solo shot in the third, both off starter Brian Burres. He went deep again in the eighth off reliever Vinnie Chulk. The counts were 3-2, 2-2, 2-1.

"Make sure you're in hitting counts and be ready to hit," he said of his approach. "Be ready to swing the bat on a good fastball in the zone and stay through it. Try to drive everything off the center field wall instead of left-center. I worked on that [Friday] in early BP and it just carried over."

Pascucci's third homer was the 200th of his minor-league career, ninth on the active list. Injured Buffalo slugger Mike Hessman is the leader with 329. Pascucci has 101 in the Pacific Coast League, including a league-high 34 with Albuquerque in 2007 and 20 last year between Albuquerque and Portland. He hit 27 in 2008 with New Orleans in the Mets chain playing for current Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell and hitting coach Jack Voigt.

"Hessman's nickname is 'King' but I'm on that list," Pascucci said. "To get that 200th was nice."

Pascucci was batting just .203 with only four home runs and was in a 1-for-20 rut coming into the game. But Hessman's hand injury is likely to give Pascucci more playing time and he was back hitting cleanup Saturday.

"When I heard the call was from the Mets to come back, I was looking forward to it," he said. " I was with these guys in spring training and I came in the clubhouse and I knew everybody already. It wasn't like I was going in a whole new place. It was a comfort thing coming in."

It was Pascucci's fourth three-homer game of his career. He also did it in '08 in New Orleans and twice in Edmonton in 2004.


A scoring change made late Friday credited the win to Buffalo reliever Mike O'Connor (1-1) rather than previously announced winner Bobby Livingston. Starter John Maine did not go the required five innings to get the victory.

The series and homestand wrap up today (1 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The annual Father's Day promotion includes a logo baseball giveaway and kids and their fathers are invited on the field after the game to play catch.