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25 years at Coca Cola Field

With baseball season winding to a close, tonight was the night that the Buffalo Bisons picked to officially celebrate 25 years of baseball at the downtown ballpark.

Longtime Bisons sales associate Frank Mooney, best known as “The Mayor”, was honored by the International League as the 2012 recipient of the “Spirit of the International League Award.” The 90 year old Mooney has been with the Bisons since their days at the Rockpile. He is very recognizable to fans as one of the team’s goodwill ambassadors.

Additional honorees included Larry The Peanut Man, representing the 50+ employees who have served fans at the ballpark since it opened in 1988. Longtime sewason ticket holder Paul Siska of East Amherst threw out a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of the fans. Former Bisons Tom Romano, Dorn Taylor and Jason Cooper were also on hand and threw out first pitches. Mayor Byron Brown was warmly recieved as he read a proclamation on behalf of the City of Buffalo.

Throughout the evening, the Bisons unveiled their “All 25 Seasons” Team, as voted on by the members of the media, the Hall of Fame committee, and the fans. The earliest announced honorees include infielders Richie Sexson, Brandon Phillips, Russell Branyan and Jhonny Peralta. The complete list will be available at the Buffalo Bisons web site.

Frank Mooney receives his award from League President Randy Mobley as Bisons VP/General Manager Mike Buczkowski looks on

Paul Siska.. right over the plate!

Jason Cooper, Dorn Taylor and Tom Romano are all smiles