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Press Release for “Buffalo, Home of the Braves”


Chris Wendel

SunBear Press

Traverse City, MI 49684




Book Celebrating Buffalo’s Pro Basketball Franchise set for Release

Buffalo, New, May 16, 2009Buffalo, Home of the Braves, a book detailing the history of Western New York’s National Basketball Association franchise, is scheduled for release on Saturday, May 30, 2009.

A book release event will be held in Buffalo that day. From 11 AM – 1 PM on May 30, author Tim Wendel will be available for the signing of books at the Community Room of New Era Cap Company. New Era is located at 160 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo, Home of the Braves follows the Buffalo Brave’s meteoric rise and fall as a National Basketball Association franchise that played in Buffalo from 1970-78. The 216-page, coffee-table style book will be available in a limited edition of 1,500 copies, and retail for $89

Available online from SunBear Press, and in limited quantities from the University of Buffalo Bookstore, the book includes 250 vintage color and black-and-white photos by former Braves’ and Buffalo Bill’s photographer Robert Smith, along with interviews with several key players, coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, team owner Paul Snyder and team play-by-play announcer Van Miller.

The Buffalo Braves made history with their up-tempo style of play, three NBA Rookies of the Year, and consecutive scoring titles by a young and emerging star, Bob McAdoo. The team’s identity is closely tied to Randy Smith, a seventh-round draft pick from Buffalo State, who turned a courtesy training camp invitation into an iron man career.

Each chapter chronicles one of the Braves’ seasons playing in the wild and crazy NBA of the 1970s. Author Tim Wendel narrates the on and off court drama, while offering plenty of “what if” scenarios for the Braves’ prospects in a league that was on the brink of greatness.

The opinion of that time is offered by legendary sports writer Phil Ranallo, with selected excerpts of his “What’s New, Harry” column that was a morning staple of The Buffalo Courier Express newspaper.

Nationally known writer and Buffalo native Erik Brady calls Buffalo Home of the Braves, “a seamless narrative, chock-a-block with time-capsule photos and bull’s-eye insights, all framed by selected ’70s columns from Phil Ranallo, smooth as a two-for-McAdoo jumper.”

 The Author: Tim Wendel is an award-winning novelist and journalist, who was raised in Lockport, N.Y. His books include the novels Castro’s Curveball and Red Rain, as well as such nonfiction sports titles as The New Face of Baseball and Far From Home.

 For additional information on “Buffalo, Home of the Braves”, contact Chris Wendel at 231.392.2942, cwendel@sunbearpress.com or visit www.sunbearpress.com.

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