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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: One good game, at least

     May 31, 1880 -- The Buffalo Bisons of 1880 didn't have a very good year. At least their bats woke up on the last day of May.

     Buffalo traveled to Troy for a three-game set with the Trojans, and pounded out 19 runs in a 19-10 victory. That was a season high for runs by the Herd.

     It was the team's only win in the visit to the Capital District, and closed Buffalo's month with a 5-12 record. The Bisons went 1-11 against Troy that season.

     This was part of Buffalo's second year in the National League, joining that circuit in 1879. It turned out to be the worst of a seven-year stay in the NL. The Bisons finished with a record of 24-58-3, a lowly .293 percentage that was good for seventh place in the eight-team league. It won three of its last 26 games.

     Future Hall of Famer Pud Galvin (inducted in 1965) did most of the pitching, going 20-35. The rest of the pitching staff had a combined 4-23 record.

     By the way, only one member of the Bisons bench that was a position player had a batting average above .200 that 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.