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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Ollie Carnegie

     (Born June 29, 1899) -- There won't be another Ollie Carnegie in Buffalo's baseball history. There have been better players to pass through over the years, but no one that talented will ever stay here that long.

     Carnegie first turned professional in 1922 when he played in the Michigan-Ontario League. An appendicitis attack stopped his career for nine seasons.

     Carnegie reappeared with Hazelton of the New York-Penn League in 1931. The Bisons acquired him at the age of 32 for $500, one of the best uses of money in Buffalo's sports history.

     The outfielder spent 12 seasons as a Bison. He has team records for games, hits, homers, and RBIs, among other accomplishments. Carnegie hit 45 homers in 1938.

     Sadly, major league teams weren't very interested in a player of his age. He died in 1976 at the age of 77.

     Carnegie was an easy choice for the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

--- Budd Bailey

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