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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Fun, fun, fun

   June 28, 1986 -- The Buffalo Bisons were very, very average for the 1986 season. But they were really good when it comes to drawing fans.

   The Bisons had a 71-71 record that season under manager Jim Marshall in the American Association. They even scored only 15 more runs than they allowed.

   But the area continues its love affair with the game under the ownership of Rich Products. They drew an astounding 35,778 to a game at War Memorial Stadium. The contest with Nashville was followed by a concert by the Beach Boys.

   The biggest name of that team was Mike Yastrzemski, who hit .385 in a brief stay with the Bisons. Some of the other hitters on that team were names like Darryl Boston, Nick Capra, Brian Giles, Steve Henderson and Brian Little.

   On the mound, Pete Filson went 14-3 to lead the team in wins. Bill Long went 9-9, and Bruce Tanner, the son of Chuck, won eight games.

--- Budd Bailey

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