Pena, Rosenhaus elected to Bisons Hall of Fame
Five-Time National League All-Star, long-time “Voice of the Bisons” to be inducted as 82nd and 83rd Member of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame
The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame announced today that former Bisons catcher TONY PENA and long-time “Voice of the Bisons,” JIM ROSENHAUS have been elected to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.
Pena and Rosenhaus will be formally inducted on the Bisons Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 24 prior to the team’s 1:05 p.m. game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Tony Pena – Pena was signed as an undrafted free agent by Pittsburgh in 1975 and shot through the Pirates minor league system as one of their top prospects. In 1979, Pena played 134 games with the then Double-A Buffalo Bisons of the Eastern League and put together one of the finest single seasons in franchise history. The catcher hit .313 with 16 doubles, four triples, 34 home runs and 97RBI at War Memorial Stadium.
Pena went on to play 18 major league seasons with Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Boston, Cleveland, Houston and the Chicago White Sox. He caught 1,950 of his 1,988 career games, the sixth-most games at catcher in Major League Baseball history. The five-time National League All-Star also won four Gold Gloves; three in the N.L. (1983-85) and one in the American League (1991).
Pena managed the Kansas City Royals for four seasons, compiling a 198-285 record from 2002-2005. He was named American League Manager of the Year in 2003 after guiding K.C. to an 83-79 mark. Pena currently serves as Joe Girardi’s bench coach with the New York Yankees.
Jim Rosenhaus – Rosenhaus was “The Voice of the Bisons” for 11 seasons from 1996-2006. His 1,628 games were just 44 contests shy of the most in team history (Pete Weber). Rosenhaus is the only broadcaster to call three Bisons championships (1997, 1998, 2004). He also served as the play-by-play announcer for the 2002 Triple-A All-Star Game.
Rosenhaus’s time with the Bisons was also highlighted by his active involvement in the club’s community outreach programs and speaker’s bureau, as well as serving as the club’s director of baseball operations.
Rosenhaus began his broadcasting career in 1991 with the Single-A Kinston Indians of the Carolina League. From 1993-1995, he served as the voice of the Wilmington Blue Rocks where he called the team’s first ever game and a Carolina League title in 1994.
For the past four years, Rosenhaus has served as the host of the “Indians Warm-Up” pre-game show on the Cleveland Indians Radio Network. He also serves as the engineer/producer of each broadcast and calls play-by-play for one inning in each game of the 2011 season.
With his induction, Rosenhaus joins Roger Baker, Ralph Hubbell, Bill Mazer, Stan Barron, Pete Weber and his long-time broadcast partner, Duke McGuire, as broadcasters in the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.