The Buffalo Bisons history begins in 1879 as they played in the National League until 1886 when the team moved into the brand new International League. In 1900 the team came very close to becoming a Major League team but was bumped in favor of the Boston Americans (who would become the Boston Red Sox). Imagine how different baseball history would be if that hadn’t happened. In 1969, Hector Lopez made history becoming the first black manager at the Triple A level. Buffalo kept the team until 1970 when it moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Bison returned to Buffalo in 1979 as a AA team and in 1985 rejoined the Triple A level leading to its return to the International League in 1997.
The current Bison call Coca Cola Field their home park, their sixth stadium since the team’s inception.
Coca-Cola Field (2009–Present)
~~Dunn Tire Park (1998–2008)
~~North AmeriCare Park (1995–1998)
~~Pilot Field (1988–1994)
War Memorial Stadium (1961–1970, 1979–1987)
Hyde Park Stadium (1967–1968)
Offermann Stadium (1924–1960)
Buffalo Baseball Park (1889–1923)
Olympic Park (1884–1888)
Major League Affiliation
New York Mets (2009–Present)
Cleveland Indians (1983–1984, 1987, 1995–2008)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1979–1982, 1988–1994)
Chicago White Sox (1985–1986)
Buffalo Bison Alumni in the Hall of Fame
Gabby Hartnett (Manager)
Ray Schalk (Manager)
John Montgomery Ward
Bucky Harris (Manager)
Up next… 2009 Buffalo Bison Roster and Review