BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Tuesday morning, the Buffalo Bisons announced the passing of a 1980s fixture — Donald ‘The Butcher’ Palmer.
Palmer was well known at War Memorial Stadium, and helped open up the Bisons’ current home, Coca-Cola Field, to fans in 1988.
“The Butcher was more than just a bat boy, rather a major part of the overall experience that Bisons fans had when they attended games at War Memorial Stadium,” Rich Baseball Operations President Jonathan A. Dandes said. “The commitment and passion that he brought to every game made him as beloved as anyone else in a Bisons’ uniform. He and his contributions to the early success of Bisons baseball will forever be missed.”
Palmer was beloved by fans and the entire Bisons organization, and was known to make “foul balls just as fun and entertaining for fans as those the team hit in play,” Bisons representatives said.
The Bisons organization sends their condolences to Palmer’s family.