From Frank Grant to Luke Easter to Hector Lopez, Black players have had a profound impact on the history of the Buffalo Bisons franchise.
In 2023, the Bisons once again joined teams throughout Minor League Baseball in a celebration titled, "The Nine," a Black-community focused outreach platform specifically designed to honor and celebrate the historic impact numerous Black baseball pioneers made on the sport. At our annual celebration, we play several video tributes celebrating the accomplishments of the great Black Bisons athletes of the past that have helped shape our franchise's history. We'll also continue the celebration with stories on this page on Bisons.com, presented by Nissan.
"The Nine" is named for the number Jackie Robinson wore during his only season playing in MiLB with the Triple-A Montreal Royals in 1946, a season where the legend also played against the Bisons here in Buffalo.
Read about the accomplishments of many of the Black Bisons players from the past. Just click on the "+" under each photo to learn more about the impact Black players and figures have had on the Bisons organization.
Of course, it would be impossible to list all of the great Black players who have played a role in shaping a Bisons franchise history that has now reach 137 seasons… but we wanted to do our best to share some of the many stories and feats of some of the best to ever call themselves Bisons.