Earl of Bud returns to Buffalo Hockey Night, Danny Gare throws out the first pitch

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – One of the most prominent figures in this city’s sports culture will join Sabers alumni in celebrating Hockey Night at the ballpark in downtown Buffalo.

Earl Howze Jr., better known as the Earl of Bud, the beer vendor who wowed fans with his dance routines at Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium and ballpark, will make his first performance in six summers at Sahlen Field on Saturday night.

The Bisons’ Hockey Night promotion will also feature former Sabers star Danny Gare pitching the first pitch and pre-game autograph sessions with Rhett Warrener and Matthew Barnaby.

The Bisons also plan to host Sabers-themed giveaways each innings, where fans will have the opportunity to win baseball balls sung by Rasmus Dahlin, Tage Thompson and Alex Tuch, as well as tickets to the Sabers’ inaugural game. The team will also be auctioning off autographed baseball jerseys designed to look like Sabers sweaters that the players will be wearing at Saturday night’s game.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. before the autograph session and Buffalo’s game against the Rochester Red Wings begins at 6:05 p.m


Jonah Bronstein joined the WIVB roster in 2022 as a digital sports reporter. Born in western New York, he has covered the Bills, Sabers, Bandits, Bison, colleges, high schools and other notable sporting events in the area for publications such as The Associated Press, The Buffalo News and Niagara Gazette since 2005. Read more about his work here.

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