Buffalo Bisons (NL)

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This article is about the National League baseball franchise, for other teams named Buffalo Bisons see Buffalo Bisons (disambiguation).
Buffalo Bisons
Years 1879-1885
Based in Buffalo, New York
A program cover featuring the 1882 Buffalo Bisons
Major league affiliations

Gold, black

Major league titles
  • National League pennants: 0

The original Buffalo Bisons baseball club played in the National League between 1879 and 1885. The Bisons played their games at Riverside Park (1879–83) and Olympic Park (1884-85) in Buffalo, New York. The NL Bisons are included in the history of the minor-league team of the same name that still plays today; it is thus the only extant NL team from the 19th century that both still exists and no longer plays in Major League Baseball.

Year-by-year records

Season Manager Games W L T WP PL GB
1879 John Clapp   79 46 32 1 .590 3rd 10.0
1880 Sam Crane   85 24 58 3 .293 7th 42.0
1881 Jim O'Rourke   83 45 38 0 .542 3rd 10.5
1882 Jim O'Rourke   84 45 39 0 .536 3rd 10.0
1883 Jim O'Rourke   98 52 45 1 .536 5th 10.5
1884 Jim O'Rourke 115 64 47 4 .577 3rd 19.5
1885 Pud Galvin / Jack Chapman 113 38 74 1 .339 7th 49.0

Players of note

Brouthers, Galvin, O'Rourke, Radbourn, and White are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Highlights and memorable moments

  • 1877: A precursor to the Bisons played an independent schedule, finishing with a 79-28-3 record. The team subsequently joined the National League. [1]
  • 1880: Future Hall of Fame pitcher Charlie Radbourn debuted as a second baseman on May 5
  • 1880: Pud Galvin pitched a no-hitter against the Worcester Ruby Legs on Aug. 20
  • 1881: 2B Davy Force recorded 12 putouts, seven assists, two unassisted double plays, participated in a triple play, and made just one error in 20 chances in a 12-inning game against Worcester, on September 15.
  • 1882: Ireland-born Curry Foley became the first major league player ever to hit for the cycle (including a grand slam), on May 25, and Dan Brouthers led the National League with a .368 batting average
  • 1883: Brouthers won his second consecutive NL batting title with a .374 average and Galvin posted 46 wins
  • 1884: Brouthers hit triples in four consecutive games, set a season team-record with 14 home runs, and Galvin won 46 games for the second year in a row. Galvin threw another no-hitter, on August 4. The Bisons 18-0 score remains the greatest margin of victory in a no-hitter in Major League history. Two years after Foley, Jim O'Rourke became the fourth player in MLB history to hit for the cycle, on June 16.
  • 1885: Brouthers hit .359, ending second in the NL batting race behind Roger Connor (.371)

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