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A Buffalo native and a local baseball standout, George Daddario made his mark on the diamond and in the front office of two of Buffalo’s professional sports franchises.

A product of Kensington High School, George earned 11 letters for the Knights and was All-City in baseball three times and football once.

Professionally, he got his start, at the age of 19, in the Detroit Tigers organization hitting .337 for the Hagerstown Owls in 1943. A 30 month stint in the Navy during World War II interrupted his professional career, however he resumed play with Williamsport in 1946. Over seven seasons of minor league ball, he hit .303 with 53 home runs in 844 games.

Once his playing days concluded, he became the Director of Public Relations and Promotions for the Buffalo Bisons, where he helped the club set minor league attendance records. Later he would work his magic with the Buffalo Braves, where he was first, the Director of Public Relations and later the Vice-President for Sales and Marketing.

A member of the Western New York Baseball, Buffalo Bisons and Fallon High School halls of fame, George passed away in 2007 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Lucille, hid six children – Donna, Frank, George Jr., Paul, Dan and Diane – and 11 grandchildren.