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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Our lucky day

   September 22, 1962 -- Today represents the anniversary of one of the truly odd marketing moments in Buffalo's sports history, and it would be interesting if someone would step forward and claim responsibility for this one.

   The Bills had lost their first two games in 1962 and were due to play the New York Titans in War Memorial Stadium. Clearly, a change of luck was needed.

    Therefore, the team handed out 5,000 rabbit's feet to the fans attending the game in an effort to alter the team's good fortune. Clearly, that's an item that should be on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.

   The giveaway was about as good for the Bills as it was for the rabbits. New York recorded a 17-6 win. The Bills' quarterbacks were 14 for 35 in passing with four interceptions. In addition, Buffalo lost three fumbles to make it a not-so-grand total of seven turnovers on the day. Elbert Dubenion had the lone Buffalo touchdown.

   The Bills lost two more games to fall to 0-5, and then something started to go right for the team. Buffalo went 7-1-1 the rest of the way to finish with a winning season.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.