The anniversary of the 10-cent beer night that went terribly (but not surprisingly) wrong at Cleveland Stadium recently passed.
Looking at a retrospective of the crazy 1974 night on Cleveland.com brought a Buffalo connection to the surface. More on that in a bit.
The promotion backfired on the Indians, who had to forfeit the baseball game to the Texas Rangers as fans stormed the field and both teams were forced to retreat to safety in their respective clubhouses. The crowd also littered the playing field with a variety of objects.
Among those in attendance was Buffalo-born 24-year-old Tim Russert, who attended law school at Cleveland State after graduating from John Carroll University.
Retired sprotswriter Dan Coughlin recalled to Michael Heaton:
"The late Tim Russert was there that night. When asked how many beers he drank he said that he had two dollars with him. Then he said, 'You do the math.'"
Russert, who began hosting NBC's "Meet the Press" in 1991, was well-known for his love of baseball. His son Luke, is named after Buffalo Bisons star Luke Easter, according to a Bisons.com interview:
"'Offermann Stadium was unbelievable. You were so close to the field. People used to sit on the roofs of their houses and watch the games. It was baseball at its best,' Russert said."
Russert had a Bisons bobblehead giveaway in his honor in 2005, three years before his death. He regularly recorded video messages that played before the opening of each Bisons season.