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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Out the door

     December 8, 1963 -- If you are an old-time sports fan, you've heard of the Polo Grounds. That's the old facility in New York City that hosted some of the greatest moments in sports history, particularly baseball. Bobby Thomson's legendary playoff homer in 1951 would have been an out in a lot of stadium, but not the Polo Grounds.

     The Buffalo Bills played a part in the building's great history. They provided the opposition for the New York Titans in the last football game ever played there. The New York Giants had played in the Polo Grounds for a while, but later switched to Yankee Stadium.

     If you are coming up with a list of the greatest days in history by a Bills' running back, this one belongs in the argument. Cookie Gilchrist had a game for the ages against the New York Jets in War Memorial Stadium.

     He set an AFL record by rushing for 243 yards on 36 carries. The total was higher than anyone had ever compiled in the rival National Football League. Buffalo had a team total of 285 yards rushing on the day.

     Gilchrist made his runs count, too. He ran for five touchdowns on the day as the Bills took a 45-14 decision from the Jets. Gilchrist set an AFL record for yards in a season in that game, finishing the day with 1,096 yards.

     The win ended a two-game losing streak and moved Buffalo's record up to 6-6-1. Farewell, old friend, as Seymour Knox once said about another old building.

--- Budd Bailey

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