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Buffalo Hall of Fame and Frank Layden

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Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame to induct 12 new members
Milton Northrop Oct 26, 2020

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame will induct 12 deceased individuals who are historic figures in Western New York sports in a series of four radio shows on WGR 550 AM, first-year HOF president Greg Merkle announced Monday.

The 30th anniversary class, composed of local sports legends, will be introduced in a series of live shows that will be broadcast 10 to 11 a.m. on four consecutive Saturdays beginning Oct. 31. Howard Simon will be the host.

There is no in-person Hall of Fame induction banquet this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Induction of living Hall of Fame candidates won't be until 2021.

“Our board has spent the past six months working on this year’s class and I believe the sports fans of Western New York will be excited about the inductees," Merkle said. "Without an in-person ceremony, we made the decision to induct 12 deceased members from the Greater Buffalo sports community.”

Three Hall of Fame members will be inducted each Saturday. Also, the Buffalo Bisons hockey franchise, which ceased operations in 1970 after winning the American Hockey League Calder Cup and the founding of the NHL Sabres, will be saluted on the final show, Nov. 21.

Each broadcast will feature interviews with Hall of Fame members. That lineup includes Jeff Manto, Ruben Brown, Darryl Talley, Jimmy Arias, Sue Walsh, Liz Johnson, Craig Ramsay and Frank Layden. An online auction of sports memorabilia will take place as well as other features.[/b]


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"Sat, Nov. 21 -
Frank Berst, Buffalo, seven-time U.S. National Throw champion between 1941-50 and an All-American at Manhattan College; William Leuschner, Cookstown, Ont., a 1908 Olympic gold medalist in rifle and won silver and two bronze in 1912 Olympics; Frank Wright, South Wales, won team gold and individual bronze medals in trap shooting at the 1920 Olympics, member of the National Trapshooting HOF and eight times New York State champion. John Boutet and Mike Robitaille will help honor the Bisons on this show. The Bisons won seven championships including five Calder Cups and eight division championships. Robitaille played on the 1970 team.

Layden and Ramsay will be special program guests.
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