In their illustrious 120-year history, only three Buffalo Bisons have been immortalized by having their numbers retired by the team. Each player was a part of great Bisons teams, but it was their own individual greatness that made them unforgettable. In particular, their power as hitters awed teammates, competitors and fans time and time again. And that's why no other player will ever wear the numbers they made so famous.
Ollie Carnegie #6
Ollie Carnegie ranks first on the Bisons' all-time career batting list in home runs (258), RBI (1,044), hits (1,362) and is tied for first in doubles (249). He batted .308 (1362--4428) in 12 seasons (1931-41,45) with the Bisons. In 1938, at the age of 39, Carnegie set the team record for home runs in a season with 45, batted .330, drove in 136 runs and won the International League Most Valuable Player Award. He led the Bisons in home runs and RBI seven times, batting average three times and won the Bisons' Triple Crown in 1932, 1934, and 1937.
Luke Easter #25
Luke Easter, born August 4, 1915, became the first black player to play for the Bisons since 1888. He suited up for three seasons with the Herd from 1956-58 and briefly in 1959. He swatted 114 home runs and collected 353 RBI in his career with the Bisons. Easter ranks third in home runs and sixth in RBI on the Bisons' all-time career batting list. He led the team in home runs and RBI from 1956-58 and the International League in home runs and batting average in 1956-57. On June 14,1957, Easter became the first batter ever to hit a ball over the center field scoreboard at Offermann Stadium.
Jeff Manto #30
Manto spent parts of the 1997-2000 seasons with the Herd and played on the 1997 & 1998 Championship Buffalo Bisons. Manto was the first Bison player to hit three home runs in a game at Dunn Tire Park (July 14, 1997). In one six week period Manto was named American Association Batter-of-the Week an unprecedented four times. In 1998, he helped the Bison's capture the Governor's Cup by adding three doubles, one home run and nine RBI's. In the Triple-A World Series, Manto led all hitters with .533 batting average. Manto was a true leader on and off the field which endeared him to Bisons fans during his four seasons in Buffalo. Manto is the third Bison to have his number grace the outfield wall.