The Buffalo Bisons were very, very average for the 1986 season. But they were really good when it came to drawing fans.
The Bisons had a 71-71 record under manager Jim Marshall in the American Association. They even scored only 15 more runs than they allowed.
But the area continued its love affair with the game under the ownership of Rich Products. The Bisons drew an astounding 35,778 to a game at War Memorial Stadium. The contest with Nashville was followed by a Beach Boys concert.
The biggest name of that Buffalo team was Mike Yastrzemski, who hit .385 in a brief stay with the Bisons. You might have heard of his father, Carl. Some of the other hitters on that team were 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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