Two former Buffalo Bisons will be inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame as pitcher Jason Jacome and outfielder Mark Ryal were elected by the hall of fame committee.
The honors were announced on Thursday afternoon with formal induction ceremonies scheduled before Bisons' June 30th game against the Syracuse Chiefs.
Jacome pitched in the 1997 and 1997 seasons with the Bisons, going 17-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 31 starts. A 1998 International League All Star, the lefty owns a Bisons modern era record .850 winning percentage.
He came to the Herd in the 1997 season when the parent Cleveland Indians claimed him off waivers. Jacome returned to be part of the Bison's 1998 Governors' Cup Championship team. That season he went 14-2 with an ERA of 3.26 that ranked third in the International League. Jacome won his final eight decisions as the Bisons erased an eight-game deficit in the IL North division in the final month of the year. In the postseason, Jacome went 3-0, including an eight-inning performance in Buffalo's Game 5 title-clinching 3-1 win over the Durham Bulls.
Ryal played two seasons with the Bisons, first in 1985 and again in 1990. In 215 games in a Buffalo uniform, the outfielder hit .299 with 55 doubles and 22 home runs while driving in 115 runs.
Ryal was part of the Bisons' return to Triple-A in 1985, playing in 106 games and leading the team with 66 RBIs and 21 doubles. After playing in the Major Leagues with California and Philadelphia, he signed with Pittsburgh and returned to Buffalo to put together one of the best hitting seasons in the club's modern era. He won the team's only American Association batting title, leading the league with a .334 average that still ranks as the third-best single-season mark in the team's modern era.