First season: 1994
Years in league: 1994-95
Ballpark: Don Edwards Park
Newark, Ohio, like other Frontier League cities, has a long history of professional baseball. Several teams in the low minors called Newark home from the turn of the 20th century until minor-league baseball's post-WWII "Golden Age" fizzled out. When the Newark Buffalos joined the Frontier League in 1994 it was the first time the city had hosted pro ball in over forty years.
The Buffalos struggled on the field in 1994, but at the gate were second in the Frontier League in attendance, drawing nearly 45,000 fans. The following season former big-league pitcher John Pacella led the Bison to the playoffs, but attendance dwindled to less than half of 1994's total. The Bison were moved to Kalamazoo, MI following the 1995 season.
Don Edwards Park in Newark, OH, home of the Newark Buffalos
|Year||Won||Lost||GB||Finish||Attendance||Manager||Playoffs First Round||Playoffs Second Round|
|1995||39||29||6.5||2||21,309||John Pacella||Lost to Zanesville 2-0|
Major Award Winners: 1995 John Pacella, Manager Of the Year
Buffalos Post-Season All-Stars:
1994 3B Steve Ruckman, P Joe Fushey
1995 2B Mark Johnson
Players on FL Tenth Anniversary All-Star Team:
3B Steve Ruckman (1994)
P Joe Fushey (1994)
Franchise Player: P Ralph Bonelli played with Newark both of their Frontier League seasons. In 1995 he led the staff with a 6-2 record and league-leading 2.45 ERA.
Buffalos in the majors: P Brian Schmack (1995) played for the Detroit Tigers in 2003.