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Who's Behind The Blog

Brian Frank is a lifelong baseball fan, who grew up going to Bisons games at the 'Old Rockpile.'


Brian is also a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), and is currently writing a book on the early history of the Bisons.  



Books Brian Has Contributed to:

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Three different stories on significant games Buffalo's Federal League team played in.
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Jimmy Collins' Grand Slam Helps Beaneaters Score Six Runs in Ninth to Beat Phillies
Beaneaters vs. Phillies
September 29, 1898
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Carl Mays Outduels Hippo Vaughn in Game Three of the World Series

Red Sox vs. Cubs

September 7, 1918

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George Brett's "Best Game"

Royals vs. Blue Jays

October 11, 1985

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Don Zimmer's Game-Winning Hit in 14th Overcomes Dominant Performance by Sandy Koufax

Cubs vs. Dodgers

May 28, 1960

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Kevin McReynolds' Grand Slam in Ninth Beats Cubs

Mets vs. Cubs

August 11, 1988

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Our First Blog Post!

Joe Overfield: 100 years!

Here is a link to the blog post that started it all!  READ MORE

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March 4, 2019

The story about how the Bisons ended up playing a game on Grand Island is as fascinating as the game itself. It’s a story that includes blue laws, rowdy crowds, a petition, boats across the Niagara River, and a posh Grand Island resort.

Buffalo’s home field in 1893 was Olympic Park, located at M...

October 15, 2018

A perfect game is one of the rarest individual accomplishments a pitcher can achieve. In the long history of the International League, which traces its origins to 1884, there have been only 16 games when not a single batter reached base. However, eleven of those pitching gems were in shortened seven...

June 12, 2018

Part 3 of a 3 part series about the Herd's amazing 1933 playoff run.

The Bisons headed into the 1933 Junior World Series after an incredible run through the playoffs. The Herd finished the regular season red hot, qualifying for the postseason on the season’s final day, despite an 83-85 record. B...

March 31, 2018

Part 2 of a 3 part series about the Herd's amazing 1933 playoff run.

The Bisons led the minor leagues in attendance in 1933, even outdrawing three major league teams.[1] The fan support they received during the regular season grew to incredible numbers during the post season as baseball fever gripped...

February 14, 2018

Part 1 of a 3 part series about the Herd's amazing 1933 playoff run.

In 1933, for the first time in history, the International League allowed wild card teams to participate in the playoffs under the new Shaughnessy playoff system and the Bisons took full advantage. After a slow start, Buffalo made a...

August 24, 2017

Part 2 of a 2 part series about Ad Brennan's pair of nine inning no-hit games in 1911. Click here to read Part 1.

On August 26, 1911, over 8,000 fans filed into Buffalo Baseball Park to watch a rematch of a great pitchers’ duel. Just two months earlier, Buffalo southpaw Ad Brennan and Jersey City's E...

July 10, 2017

The Bisons struggled through the beginning of the 1929 season and by early July were stuck in seventh place in the International League standings. However, the Herd caught fire and entered their July 13 doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles on an eight game winning streak. Buffalo’s record sett...

June 22, 2017

Addison “Ad” Brennan began the 1911 season as a member of the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies. In June, an optional agreement was made to allow the twenty-four-year-old left-handed pitcher to work on his craft with the Buffalo Bisons. The Phillies were able to allow Brennan to come to Buffal...

May 19, 2017

Our Heavy “2 sluggers” took the shine

Clear off the great Chicago nine,

By nine to four- that was the score-

With two home runs, and seven more!

Four out of five- well that will do:

O’Rourke we still have faith in you![1]


March 7, 2017

Part 2 of a 2 part series about the 1906 Little World Series. Click here to read Part 1.

Buffalo headed to Columbus leading the seven game series one game to none, with two games still needed to be made up due to a tie game and a rained out doubleheader.

The weather for the first game at Neil Park in...

February 1, 2017

Part 1 of a 2 part series about the 1906 Little World Series. Click here to read Part 2.

In 1904, the Buffalo Bisons won the Eastern League pennant and defeated the American Association champion St. Paul Saints two games to one, in what later became known as the Little World Series. Two years later,...

October 17, 2016

Doc Amole, Public Domain

In 1900, the Bisons were members of the American League, which was a new minor league that formed out of the reorganization of the Western League. The new league consisted of the Buffalo Bisons, Milwaukee Brewers, Indianapolis Hoosiers, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Blues, Minn...

May 20, 2016

The Bisons got off to a slow start at the beginning of the 1895 Eastern League season, losing seven of their first 10 games, all of which were on the road. Their manager, Charlie Morton, held out hope that the team would turn things around as the weather got warmer.[1] Morton could not have been ple...

May 6, 2016

Part three of a three part series about Babe Ruth pitching against the Bisons. Click here for part one and part two.

 Babe Ruth, Providence Grays, Public Domain

After winning his first game with the Red Sox, Babe Ruth went on to pitch the following week against the Tigers, but only lasted th...

April 23, 2016

After Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter on April 21, 2016, Twitter was abuzz discussing the fact that the Cubs 16-0 win over Cincinnati was the second most lopsided no-hitter score of all-time.  The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter still belongs to Pud Galvin and the Buffalo Bisons, when they defeate...

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