August 22, 1877 -- This marks the end of the first season in the history of the Buffalo Bisons. It came a little earlier than expected.
The Bisons were part of the New York State Championship Association in that year, which was a year after the National League was formed. The rest of the five-team league featured Syracuse, Binghamton, Auburn and Rochester.
It was a season to forget in Buffalo. The Bisons were 3-14 on this date, and rather than finish the season they just gave up. The Syracuse Stars went 20-9 to win the title, two games ahead of the Binghamton Crickets.
However, the Bisons played games against other teams in 1877, including National League competition. They had a 20-30 overall record.
That impressed a few people in the International Association, which had just formed. When the IA decided to expand for the 1878 season, Buffalo was ready. The Bisons went out and signed a boatload of talent, helping them win the title in their first year.
--- Budd Bailey