Roy Kinyon always wanted to play pro baseball. The day after the Bisons called him up for a trial in 1942, he skipped it and volunteered.
LOCKPORT, NY – When you turn 100, some things may not last.
“Can you hear them well, Dad?” Bruce Kinyon asked his father Roy Kinyon.
“Speak again,” Roy Kinyon said.
However, Roy Kinyon’s love of baseball has always remained. It’s all thanks to his older brother, Ralph.
“He wanted to pitch for the Yankees, so I was out catching them every day so he could pitch for the Yankees,” Roy Kinyon said.
Roy Kinyon, a 100-year-old from Lockport, spent so much time getting his brother healthy that he got better. His high school baseball team won the Niagara Orleans Championship two years in a row before playing with Krull Park in the summer of 1942.
“Right at the end of the season, the Bisons offered him a tryout,” said Bruce Kinyon.
“I said, ‘Oh, I’d like that, but I’m going to join the Navy tomorrow,’ so I joined the Navy,” said Roy Kinyon.
A lifetime dream was abandoned because Roy Kinyon knew his number would be called soon. In 1945 he was on the front lines in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
“You don’t regret everything?” 2 On your side, Danielle Church asked Roy Kinyon.
“Oh no. Have you ever got chills down your spine? On the fifth day the flag was raised. Then the Japanese raised it. The flag was raised a second time and all the ships around the island blew their horns. That’s when I got chills,” said Roy Kinyon.
It was his first thrill. This Independence Day at Sahlen Field will be Roy’s next.
“I would say it’s my second thrill. My second thrill,” said Roy Kinyon.
Then Roy becomes a professional baseball player.
“We’re going to give him a one-day contract here. Roy will sign it in front of everyone in the stands before the first pitch,” said Brad Bisbing, assistant general manager of the Buffalo Bisons. “He’ll get his jersey with his name and number on the back and then he’ll be able to pitch first.”
Roy Kinyon’s loved ones will be in the stands.
“There will be about 30 of us at the game to support him,” said Bruce Kinyon. “We’ll all be wearing Roy Kinyon’s 100 hats from his birthday party.”
The only ones who won’t be there, having died a while ago, are Roy’s brother Ralph and his wife of 65 years, Theresa, a nurse who once cared for him at Buffalo General.
“This one nurse would give me injections and it wouldn’t hurt,” said Roy Kinyon. “We got married a year later.”
This Independence Day, Roy Kinyon will forever be a hero to America. But in Buffalo he will be known for what he always wanted.
“He’ll be a bison forever,” Bisbing said.
https://www.king5.com/article/sports/baseball/100-year-old-navy-veteran-gets-one-day-contract-with-buffalo-bisons/71-d7806cfc-04ee-4910-ba5f-c2ffd03b924a 100-year-old Navy veteran to get one-day contract with Bisons on Independence Day