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This Day in Buffalo Sports History August 17, 1986 -- Rockpile marathon

The Buffalo Bisons played the Indianapolis Indians on this date. And played them, and played them, and played them some more.

The two teams squared off in the American Association at War Memorial Stadium, and it took 20 innings to decide a winner. The game took five hours and 39 minutes, and finally ended when Joe De Sa came home on a passed ball to give the Bisons a 6-5 win.

The Bisons had only one other 20-inning game in their history. It came in 1921 against Toronto in Offerman Stadium.

One of the unsung heroes of the game was Pete Filson, who threw seven scoreless innings for Buffalo along the way. Filson gave up only three hits. It was Jack Hardy, however, who earned the win.

Hardy had only one other win that season. Filson got plenty of wins in 1986, as he went 14-3 and was the only Buffalo pitcher to win more than 10 games.

De Sa led the team in games played with 130 and homers with 17 that season. De Sa died later that year.

-- Budd Bailey

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