Jan. 20, 1950 -- The city of Buffalo was ready for National Football League action in 1950.
However, the NFL was not quite ready for Buffalo.
The All-American Football Conference was in the process of merging with the NFL after the 1949 season, as the leagues figured out it was better to join forces than keep paying players more and more money. But who should be in and who should be out?
Eventually, the NFL added Cleveland, San Francisco and Baltimore. The Bills had been relatively successful in their four-year run in the AFC, and formally applied for entrance. Considering that the NFL was looking at a 13-team league, another team might have made some sense. And Buffalo was a good candidate.
However, the city was left standing at the altar as the application was rejected on this date. Some of its players went to the Browns -- not that Cleveland needed much help -- and the rest either went to other teams around the league or drifted elsewhere.
Buffalo's turn would come, but not until 1960.
--- Budd Bailey