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Newark Buffalos/Bison

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
                                 
1994   12   19   12.5   4N   44,910   Mike Hannah        
    14   18   9.5   4N                
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.