Pegulas pen letter to local third-grader

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Young Will O’Rourke wants his first Major League Baseball experience to be great. And if he has any say in the matter, he wants it to happen in Buffalo.

That can’t happen of course because the Queen City hasn’t had a major league team since the Buffalo Blues in 1915.

As part of a recent third-grade assignment, Will’s class at St. Mark’s wrote persuasive letters.

“Some people wrote to the tobacco companies to tell them to stop selling it,” Will said. “Two people actually wrote to J.J. Watt to come to the Buffalo Bills.”

Will chose the Pegulas as his recipient. His topic was requesting the Buffalo billionaire to bring baseball back to Will’s hometown.

Right now it is hard enough to balance the sports teams we have. – Pegula’s reply, in part

He never expected what would happen next. To everyone’s surprise, Pegula penned a letter of his own.

Kim & Terry Pegula replied to the young man’s letter.

“I was just super happy I received a letter back from the letter that I wrote,” Will said, adding that he never even considered a response possible.

Will’s mom said the gesture may have been simple, but it speaks volumes about the influential family and the greater feeling of the city itself.

“I was just so impressed,” Mary O’Rourke said. “I was so happy for Buffalo that this was happening. To me, it put a new layer on the city of good neighbors.”

Will reasoned local ball players could eventually play for their hometown. And a Big League team would instill more pride in a sport-saturated town.

Will’s mom thinks her youngest son also has renewed confidence. As the letter says, maybe the youngster will grow up to own a sports franchise. And if that’s the direction Will chooses, he’s made a fine pen pal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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