The Buffalo Bisons organization was saddened to learn about the passing of a pair of former players; outfielder/first baseman Bob Chance and outfielder Bill Stewart.
Chance played 140 games with the Bisons during the 1968 season and led the club with a .293 batting average and 84 RBI. He also clubbed 29 home runs during his only season in Buffalo. He went on to play in parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues with Cleveland, Washington and California. He hit 14 home runs and drove in a career high 75 in 120 games for the 1964 Indians. Chance passed away on October 3 in Charleston, West Virginia at the age of 73.
Stewart also played one year in Buffalo, suiting up for 95 games for the 1957 Bisons. He had 11 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI to go along with a .219 batting average in what would be his final season as a pro. Stewart made the Major Leagues in 1955, playing 11 games with the Kansas City Athletics. He passed away on September 25 in Northville, Michigan at the age of 85.
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