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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Iubo Petrovic

     (Born May 15, 1949) -- The Buffalo Stallions' best player during their first two seasons just might have been forward Iubo Petrovic. In fact, he might have been one of the most anonymous stars in Buffalo's sports history.

     Petrovic came to Western New York from his native Yugoslavia, as the Stallions leaned heavily on players from that country in the early years. Petrovic had 35 goals in 31 games as a rookie, which was first on the team. Countryman Slobodan Jankovic was second with 24 goals.

     A year later, Petrovic had 44 goals in 39 games. Again that led the team, with Charlie Cordas finishing with 40 goals.

     What's more, Petrovic never called attention to himself. He simply went about the business of helping his team win.

     Petrovic left Buffalo in 1981, landing in Kansas City. He had 15 goals in 25 games for the Comets, and then moved to Phoenix where he had eight goals in 15 games. Petrovic was then done with American indoor soccer at the age of 33.

--- Budd Bailey

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