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Buffalo Sports History: A change in focus

"This Day in Buffalo Sports History" has been appeared in our pages and on this blog for two years. If you'd like to read the full story about how this feature came to pass, click here.) After more than 700 different recaps, it's time to come up with a new approach.

I thought it would be fun to honor Western New York's greatest athletic figures with biographies, similiar in format to what we've been doing with dates. I'll use their birthdays as a way to celebrate their accomplishments. The series will start on Thursday with Bills' defensive lineman Erik Flowers.

But this idea could use your help.

There are plenty of local sports figures, including some in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, who have accomplished much but don't have their birthdays available. This obviously applies to high school and college athletes and coaches; the pros' data is usually available.

So ... feel free to send me some names and birthdays (, and I'll see what I can do to honor them in this way. And thanks for the many kind words that have been sent this way about the daily history series over these many months.

--- Budd Bailey

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