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Babe Ruth beat Bisons -- on the mound -- in home opener 100 years ago today

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The Buffalo Evening News story on Babe Ruth beating the Bisons on May 8, 1914. Click for a bigger view.

By Mike Harrington

Here's one that belongs right out of the pages of the newly-established BN Chronicles history pages on our site -- and a big tip of the ol' cap to UB Library Web Manager Scott Hollander for sending it along in a recent email.

On May 8, 1914 -- 100 years ago today -- the Bisons dropped their International League home opener to the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, in an 11-inning affair played before a crowd of 6,064. The starting and winning pitcher for the Orioles that day? 

A 19-year-old prospect named Babe Ruth.

Yep, The Sultan of Swat was about two months away from making his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox on July 11, 1914 when he beat the Bisons that afternoon. 

The game was played at what was then known as "Buffalo Baseball Park". It was at the corner of East Ferry and Michigan and was replaced there in 1924 by what became known as Offermann Stadium.

The Bisons finished that season 89-61 under manager Bill Clymer, a 1989 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.  They were in second place, four games behind the Providence Grays. The Orioles finished sixth out of eight teams at 72-77.

The full page from the Buffalo Evening News on that game and other sports of the day can be viewed at this PDF by clicking here.

UB's Hollander said he came across the stories while doing research for the UB Sports History Collection.

As for the current Bisons, they're playing a 10:35 a.m. start today at Gwinnett in the finale of a four-game series. 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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