August 6, 1994 -- John Hope was a second-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1989. It's fair to say he didn't live up to expectations, as the 6-foot-3 pitcher never spent a day of his 10-year pro career in the major leagues.
He did, however, have a nice if brief moment with his bat … one that devoted Bison trivia experts might remember.
Hope had a home run in a game against Louisville, thus becoming the first Bisons' pitcher to homer at Pilot Field since the stadium opened in 1988. It was a solo shot, so he had one of his three RBIs for the season on one swing. Hope was a .211 hitter that season, going 4 for 19. Remember, pitchers only bad in the minors when two National League affiliates are matched.
Hope didn't have a particularly good year on the mound for the Herd. He went 4-9 with a 3.87 earned-run average. The right-hander started 17 of his 18 games that year.
By the standards of that team, though, Hope was a good-sized winner. Only four pitchers won more than four games for the Bisons that season. One of them was Tim Wakefield, who went 5-15. He went on to become a big part of the Boston Red Sox history after that.
The Bisons went 55-89 under Doc Edwards that season. That put them six games into the cellar in the American Association.
--- Budd Bailey