Up Close: Bob Rich Jr.

June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 7:57 AM EDT

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June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 7:57 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Buffalo business icon and Buffalo Bisons owner Bob Rich Jr. visited "AM/Buffalo" to talk about his new book, his baseball team, fishing, and a unique sporting event he is bringing to WNY.

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Buffalo, N.Y., June 21, 2011 – Bob Rich Jr., chairman of Rich Products Corp. and owner of the Buffalo Bisons, is launching a new book, “The Right Angle – Tales From A Sporting Life.” The book offers “insider” information on key moments in Buffalo sports history, including: the birth of the Buffalo Sabres; the first-of-its-kind deal that lead to naming of Rich Stadium; how the movie “The Natural” came to be shot in Buffalo and what it’s like to go fishing with the President of the United States.

“Buffalo is a town that loves its sports teams, it’s a part of our identity, and I’ve been in love with sports of all kinds since my sandlot days growing up in North Buffalo. I have also been fortunate to have been involved in some the most interesting moments in local sports over the years and I thought I had some stories readers would find enjoyable,” Mr. Rich said. “This is a book about great sports, good friends and a wonderful life in Buffalo.”

While best known as owner of the Buffalo Bisons Triple-A baseball franchise, Mr. Rich was also one of the founding owners of Buffalo Sabres and last year became a key sponsor of the Bedlington Terriers, a British semi-professional soccer team, a rag-tag “football” club that is becoming of a symbol of rebirth for the impoverished city of Bedlington.

Never satisfied to be spectator, he had an ill-fated try-out for the 1964 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, put together a Team Handball squad that led to establishing the sport as an Empire State Games event, had a short-lived, injury-filled polo career, and his recent efforts to become a competitive swimmer.

“My family built our company in Buffalo and kept it here, and I’ve worked to do the same to keep our sports teams here. It’s been a very interesting ride and we’ve had a lot of fun along the way,” Mr. Rich said.

All proceeds from sales of the book, priced at $27, will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. Mr. Rich will kick off the fund-raising campaign this evening with an invitation-only book signing at the organization’s Masten Club, at 397 Northland Avenue. He will also present the club with a $5,000 check, representing the first installments of the sales.

“We are very excited to welcome Bob Rich to our Masten Clubhouse on June 21st for the signing of his new book, The Right Angle. This partnership is a true testament to Bob’s commitment to the City of Buffalo, and his love for our community,” said Diane L. Rowe, Chief Professional Officer.

“Bob’s generous support will enable us to enhance our sports, fitness, and recreation programs, in conjunction with instilling sportsmanship and fair play to the youth who need it most. We are grateful that Bob has chosen the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo as the beneficiary of this endeavor, and look forward to many years of humanitarian efforts together,” Ms. Rowe added.

Founded in 1926, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo is a non-profit, privately-funded organization that depends on private donations and volunteers to accomplish its mission. The Clubs annually serve some 7,000 youth.

“The Right Angle” is available at local Barnes & Noble, Borders and their websites, as well as Talking Leaves bookstores, and amazon.com