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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Gone, for a whlie

   November 28, 1929 -- The Buffalo Bisons were the name of the city's original entry into the National Football League. This day marks the last time the team took the field.

   The Bisons had just finished up the regular season, going 1-7-1 in league play (although it did win two exhibition games, which were dropped into the schedule). That included a win on November 24 of that year against, of all teams, the Chicago Bears, in Wrigley Field. It wasn't the worst record in the league … Dayton went 0-6 … but it was close.

   But the Bisons tacked on an exhibition game on Thanksgiving, in what looks like an attempt from this vantage point as an attempt to make a little extra money. Buffalo played the Rochester Oxfords in Red Wing Stadium in Rochester.

   A crowd of 2,100 turned out for the game, which was won by the Oxfords, 13-2. The Bisons never scored more than seven points in any game that season under coach Al Jolley

   And then pro football was gone, and it wouldn't return to Buffalo for more than a decade.

--- 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.