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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Leaving on a high note

     November 24, 1929 -- The Buffalo Bisons of the National Football League had a miserable 1929 season, but at least they went out on a high note.

     The Bisons came into their final game of the 1929 season with a 0-7-1 record. They hadn't scored more than seven points in a single game all season long.

     Imagine the surprise, then, when the Bisons went into Chicago and beat the Bears, 19-7.

     A crowd of 3,500 watched the game in Wrigley Field. The Bears had a couple of Hall of Famers on the roster that day. Red Grange, who scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run, and Paddy Driscoll were no match for the Bisons on this day.

     Swede Hagberg was a star for the Bisons that season. He checked in at 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, and scored three touchdowns for Buffalo that season.

     Buffalo didn't have a team play a full game in the NFL for 41 years. The Bears finally got their revenge on a Buffalo team on November 22, 1970, as they beat the Bills, 31-13.

--- 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.