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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Bills face the best

   November 2, 1947 -- When the Cleveland Browns pay a visit to Ralph Wilson Stadium, fans often make the drive up from Ohio to help pack the house. In other words, little has changed since 1947.

   The Browns came into Buffalo back then years ago for a game and also filled the building, which in this case was Civic Stadium. The two teams attracted 43,167 for the All-American Football Conference game, which was the biggest pro sports crowd in Buffalo's history to that point.

   Most of the crowd went home unhappy that day, as the powerful Browns recorded a 28-7 victory. The legendary Otto Graham threw three touchdown passes, including a 99-yard strike to Mac Speedie … passes don't get any longer than than. Speedie caught two passes for a total of 107 yards. Edgar Jones also scored on a 12-yard run for the Browns, who moved to 8-1.

   Meanwhile, George Ratterman threw a touchdown pass to Al Baldwin for the Bills, who gave up the first 28 points of the game. Buffalo fell to 6-3-1.

--- 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.