by Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page
We are counting from 99 to 0 to determine who’s the best Buffalo athlete to wear each number. It’s Buffalo Sports By The Numbers here on Buffalo Sports Page.
We’ll have a new number and athlete every day this summer. Each story also includes reaction from the Buffalo Sports Page staff, and a way to catch up on numbers you’ve missed.
Gilbert Perreault, Sabres. The original Sabre was one of the most exciting offensive players of his era. The NHL Hall of Famer stayed through 1986, and he was crucial in making Buffalo a successful hockey franchise. Others: John Tavares, Bandits; Bob McAdoo. Braves, Scott Norwood, Bills; Drew Bledsoe, Bills.
Bob Gaughan’s Digit Discussion: Perreault is the call but McAdoo is a close second. When you see NBA big men that can shoot from the outside today, you need to know that Bob McAdoo was one of the first to do that. In an era with Wilt, Kareem and Walton as huge post-up men it was McAdoo that would expose the other teams big men in space and bring them away from the basket. He deserves credit for modernizing the game.
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