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Bills’ 64-65 AFL champs recognized during alumni weekend

Two of the greatest teams in Buffalo Bills history will be recognized as the franchise celebrates the 50th anniversary of its 1964-65 American Football League championship squads this weekend.

About 20 players from those teams will be wearing throwback ’64-’65 Bills jerseys while being introduced during a special program at the Bills Alumni’s VIP gala Saturday at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls.

Paul Maguire, a member of those championship clubs and a former ESPN football analyst, will serve as master of ceremonies. The gala also will include more than 100 silent-auction and 10 live-auction items.

In addition, there will be a special tribute to late Bills radio play-by-play announcer Van Miller.

The Bills Alumni Weekend continues with a VIP Tailgate Tent Party at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday, before the Bills face the Indianapolis Colts.

The annual Bills Alumni Charity Celebrity Golf Classic will tee off Monday at 10 a.m., at the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club in Lewiston.

Among the golfers will be a 5-year-old kindergartner from Charlotte, N.C., Patrick Bloch, grandson of Bills Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, who will also be golfing. According to his father, Matt Bloch, this will not be his first time at a golf course; he has been golfing for three years.

“Patrick started watching golf at 18 months old,” Matt Bloch said. “Not long after, I bought him his first set of Fisher-Price clubs. It wasn’t long before he was driving plastic golf balls across our playroom. When we moved him outside, the plastic clubs couldn’t hold up; eventually” he was “going through three sets.”

Founded in 1999, the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation has donated more than $2 million to local Western New York charities.

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