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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: First victory

   August 13, 1960 -- You only win your first game once. In the case of the Buffalo Bills, the first time they ever won a team as a professional team came in the 1960 exhibition season.

   Buffalo recorded a 31-14 victory over the Denver Broncos in a game played in Rochester. Only 6,195 turned out at Aquinas Stadium for the contest. The 20,000-seat facility was later known as Holleder Stadium, and was the home of the North American Soccer League's Rochester Lancers in the 1970's.

   Quarterback Tommy O'Connell threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third. Heralded rookie Richie Lucas had an 88-yard kickoff return to set up one of the Buffalo touchdowns.

   It was the only preseason win by the Bills in 1960. They lost the other two games to finish 1-2.

   Don't go looking for a plaque now. The stadium was torn down in 1985 and an industrial park sits on the spot of the small piece of Bills' history.

--- 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.

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