Bisons favorite 'The Butcher' dies at age 49

Nov 23, 2016

For years he was a favorite at Buffalo Bisons games, shagging foul balls on the sidelines, but always on the frontline of local baseball personalities. Donald Palmer, known as "The Butcher," has died at the age of 49 in his Riverside home.

Donald Palmer, also know as “The Butcher,” died this week at the age of 49.
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Known also for his round figure, The Butcher joined the team as batboy in the 1980s when just a teenager. He entertained the crowd along with the Earl of Bud and Buster Bison. He also got booed - as much as any player - when he missed a ball.

Palmer retired from the Bisons in 1991 and later worked as a stick man for the Buffalo Sabres, where his father had been a trainer.

Palmer had been suffering from failing kidneys. Services will be Saturday in Assumption Catholic Church in Buffalo.