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[edit] Team History

Buster T. Bison

From 1924 to 1960, the Buffalo Bisons played at Offermann Stadium, and in 1961, the club moved to War Memorial Stadium. However, the park was located in a downardly-mobile neighborhood in East Buffalo, and became downright dangerous after the riots that occured in the summer of 1967. The Bisons switched most of their night games to Hyde Park in Niagara Falls, NY for the following seasons, as attendance dwindled to a trickle. On the verge of bankruptcy, the team was awarded to the parent Montreal Expos in June, 1970, and moved to Winnipeg, MB.

Left without baseball for a number of seasons, Buffalo received a new team when the Jersey City A's of the AA Eastern League folded. The new team was an instant success at the gate, as the area around War Memorial Stadium had begun to recover, leading to the city moving up to the AAA American Association in 1985. Since 1988, the Bisons have played their home games in Coca-Cola Field (previously known as Dunn Tire Park). Since moving to their present home, the team has become one of only two minor league clubs to draw over a million fans in a season (the Bisons have done it six times, the Louisville Redbirds once).

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1878 27-10 1st George Smith
1886 50-45 5th Jack Chapman none
1887 63-40 2nd Jack Chapman none
1888 48-62 6th Jack Chapman none
1889 41-65 7th Jim White / Jack Rowe / Will White none
1890 8-16 (14-29 overall) -- Louis Bacon League folded July 10 Team moved to Grand Rapids June 11
1891 89-35 1st Pat Powers none League Champs
1892 53-60 6th Ecky Stearns / Dan Shannon
1893 61-50 4th Jack Chapman none
1894 64-61 5th Jack Chapman none
1895 63-61 5th Charles Morton
1896 70-53 2nd Jack Rowe Lost League Finals
1897 74-57 3rd Jack Rowe
1898 62-60 4th Jack Rowe none
1899 53-70 7th (t) Billy Nash / Jim Garry / Jim Franklin / Dan Shannon none
1900 61-78 7th Dan Shannon / Jim Franklin / Joe Franklin / George Carey none
1902 88-45 2nd George Stallings none
1903 79-43 3rd George Stallings none
1904 88-46 1st George Stallings none League Champs
1905 63-74 5th George Stallings none
1906 85-55 1st George Stallings none League Champs
1907 73-59 2nd Lew McAllister none
1908 75-65 4th George Smith none
1909 72-79 5th George Smith none
1910 69-81 6th William Smith none
1911 74-75 4th George Stallings none
1912 71-78 5th George Stallings none
1913 78-75 4th Bill Clymer none
1914 89-61 2nd Bill Clymer none
1915 86-50 1st Patsy Donovan none League Champs
1916 82-58 1st Patsy Donovan none League Champs
1917 67-84 6th Patsy Donovan none
1918 53-68 6th George Wilson none
1919 81-67 3rd George Wiltse none
1920 96-57 3rd George Wiltse none
1921 99-69 3rd George Wiltse none
1922 95-72 3rd George Wiltse none
1923 83-81 5th George Wiltse none
1924 84-83 3rd George Wiltse / Bill Webb none
1925 78-84 4th Bill Webb none
1926 92-72 4th Bill Clymer none
1927 112-56 1st Bill Clymer none League Champs
1928 92-76 2nd Bill Clymer none
1929 83-84 5th Bill Clymer none
1930 74-91 6th Bill Clymer (31-30) / Jim Cooney (43-61) none
1931 61-105 8th James Cooney none
1932 91-75 3rd Ray Schalk none
1933 83-85 4th Ray Schalk League Champs
1934 76-77 5th Ray Schalk
1935 86-67 3rd Ray Schalk Lost in 1st round
1936 94-60 1st Ray Schalk League Champs
1937 74-79 5th Ray Schalk
1938 79-74 4th Steve O'Neill Lost League Finals
1939 82-72 3rd Steve O'Neill Lost in 1st round
1940 76-83 6th Steve O'Neill
1941 88-65 3rd Al Vincent Lost in 1st round
1942 73-80 7th Al Vincent
1943 66-87 7th Greg Mulleavy
1944 78-76 4th Bucky Harris Lost in 1st round
1945 64-89 6th Bucky Harris
1946 78-75 5th Gabby Hartnett
1947 77-75 4th Paul Richards Lost in 1st round
1948 71-80 6th Paul Richards
1949 90-64 1st Paul Richards Lost League Finals
1950 56-97 8th Frank Skaff / Ray Schalk
1951 79-75 4th Specs Toporcer / Coaker Triplett Lost in 1st round
1952 71-83 5th Jack Tighe / Schoolboy Rowe (May 7-May 20)
1953 87-65 3rd Jack Tighe Lost in 1st round
1954 71-83 6th Billy Hitchcock
1955 65-89 6th Dan Carnevale
1956 64-87 8th Phil Cavarretta
1957 88-66 2nd Phil Cavarretta League Champs
1958 69-83 7th Phil Cavarretta
1959 89-64 1st Kerby Farrell Lost in 1st round
1960 78-75 4th Kerby Farrell
1961 81-67 3rd Kerby Farrell League Champs
1962 73-80 6th Kerby Farrell
1963 74-77 8th Kerby Farrell
1964 80-69 3rd Whitey Kurowski lost in 1st round
1965 51-96 8th Sheriff Robinson (30-79) / Kerby Farrell (21-17)
1966 72-74 5th Red Davis
1967 63-76 7th Lou Fitzgerald (30-36) / Don Zimmer (33-40)
1968 66-81 7th Wayne Terwilliger
1969 58-78 7th Hector Lopez
1970 9-29 -- Clyde McCullough moved to Winnipeg on June 4
1979 72-67 4th Steve Demeter none
1980 67-70 5th Steve Demeter Lost in 1st round
1981 56-81 7th Johnny Lipon
1982 55-84 8th Tommy Sandt
1983 74-65 3rd Al Gallagher Lost in 1st round
1984 72-67 5th Jack Aker
1985 66-76 7th John Boles
1986 71-71 5th Jim Marshall
1987 66-74 5th Orlando Gomez (13-28) | Steve Swisher (53-46)
1988 72-70 6th Rocky Bridges
1989 80-62 2nd Terry Collins
1990 85-62 3rd Terry Collins Lost 1 game playoff for East title
1991 81-62 1st Terry Collins Lost League Finals
1992 87-57 1st Marc Bombard Lost League Finals
1993 71-73 4th Doc Edwards
1994 55-89 8th Doc Edwards
1995 82-62 2nd Brian Graham Lost League Finals
1996 84-60 1st Brian Graham Lost in 1st round
1997 87-57 1st Brian Graham League Champs
1998 81-62 1st Jeff Datz League Champs
1999 72-72 9th Jeff Datz
2000 86-59 1st Joel Skinner Lost in 1st round
2001 91-51 1st Eric Wedge Lost in 1st round
2002 87-57 2nd Eric Wedge Lost League Finals
2003 73-70 8th Marty Brown
2004 83-61 1st Marty Brown League Champs
2005 82-62 2nd Marty Brown Lost in 1st round
2006 73-68 7th Torey Lovullo
2007 75-67 6th Torey Lovullo
2008 66-77 10th Torey Lovullo
2009 56-87 14th Ken Oberkfell
2010 76-68 6th Ken Oberkfell
2011 61-82 12th Tim Teufel
2012 67-76 10th Wally Backman
2013 74-70 6th Marty Brown
2014 Gary Allenson

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