June 18, 1877 -- It's a good trivia question for those who don't live around Western New York. What professional baseball team has kept its name the longest?
That's right. It's the Buffalo Bisons. They were born in 1877. However, they died, briefly, in 1877 as well.
The Bisons were the name of the Buffalo team that played in the New York State Championship Association in 1877. Sadly, they weren't very good. The Bisons went 3-14 in league play, and then folded on this date.
Syracuse went on to win the league title with a 20-9 record, with Binghamton second at 20-13. Auburn and Rochester also had teams in that league.
But the Bisons aren't dead for long. They came back in 1878 to join the International Association, which started play in May. And Buffalo did so well that it was invited to join the National League, starting in the 1879 season.
By the way, the Birmingham Barons and Chattanooga Lookouts have been around since 1885.
--- Budd Bailey