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Buffalo Bison


Founded:   1934
Folded:    1938
Location:  Buffalo, NY
Arena:     Broadway Auditorium
Built in:
Capacity:  6,000
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Buffalo began as a barnstorming team that eventually joined the Midwest Basketball Conference in 1935. They played one season in the MBC before going independent again. When the National Basketball League started up from the old MBC the Bison's once again joined the league and would play the inaugural season before disbanding.

This Buffalo team should not be confused with the later Buffalo Bisons team that joined the NBL in 1946. That team lasted 3 games before moving west to Tri-Cities and are now the Atlanta Hawks.

Hank Williams:
This is not the same Hank Williams that is the country music legend, this Hank Williams was a racial pioneer. He was the first know African American athlete to play in an integrated basketball league. He played only one season while the Bison were a member of the MBC.

Hank Williams 1936

King King:
Irwin "King Kong" Klien played only one game for the Bisons, but was a multi sport star. He lead NYU to its only national championship, and was also a star on their football team. He would also play himself in the 1936 movie "the Big Game".


Klien

Joe Gallagher:
Like many athletes of his day, Joe Gallagher played in multiple sports. He was also a baseball player and would have a much greater career as a baseball player than as a basketball player. Gallagher would play for the Dodgers for most of his MLB career and was Jackie Robinson's roommate.


Sam Siegel wearing possibly a Buffalo Lincolns jersey. The Lincolns and the Bisons were the same team, just in different leagues.

Year     League  W  L
1930-31  IND
1931-32  IND
1932-33  IND
1933-34  IND
1934-35  NYSL    -  - 
1935-36  MBC     7  8
1936-37  IND
1937-38  NBL     3  6
TOT              10 14

BUFFALO BISONS - 1935-1936
PLAYER POS AGE HGT WGT COLLEGE GA FGM FTM PTS AVG
Bello Snyder F 23 5:09 185 None 5 16 6 38 7.6
Sam Siegel F 31 6:02 200 Buffalo 14 11 6 28 2.0
Hank Williams C 23 6:04 210 None 15 30 23 83 5.5
Elky Maister G-F 23 5:09 185 Syracuse 14 16 10 42 3.0
Sibby Cortelli G-F 35 5:10 185 None 13 29 7 65 5.0
Jim Brown F 23 6:00 185 Temple 6 17 7 41 6.8
Bobby Harrington G 30 5:11 175 Buffalo 8 17 1 35 4.4
Manny Hirsch F 32 5:07 155 None 4 10 5 25 6.3
Lou Fink F-C 21 5:11 200 Buffalo 4 10 2 22 5.5
Deacon Stankey F 24 6:03 205 None 4 8 1 17 4.3
Tommy Allen C 32 6:03 185 None 3 5 1 11 3.7
Joe Gallagher F 21 6:02 195 Cornell 2 3 2 8 4.0
Johnny Rybak G-F 22 5:11 175 Canisius 5 3 1 7 1.4
Fran Maury G-F 25 5:05 155 None 2 3 0 6 3.0
Red Renner G         1 1 0 2 2.0
Eddie Taylor F 24 6:00 165 Pierce Business 1 1 0 2 2.0
Morey Pearson G 21 5:09   None 2 0 2 2 1.0
King Kong Klein F 24 6:02 210 NYU 1 0 0 0 0.0
BUFFALO - 1937-1938
PLAYER POS AGE HGT WGT COLLEGE GA FGM FTM PTS AVG
Bello Snyder F 25 5:09 185 None 8 18 10 46 5.8
Neil O’Donnell F-C 23 6:05 220 Canisius 9 14 7 35 3.9
Eddie Malanowicz C 27 6:04 220 Buffalo 5 14 8 36 7.2
Al Cervi G 20 5:11 170 None 9 19 6 44 4.9
Paul Coleman G 22 6:02 160 Buffalo State 6 12 1 25 4.2
Dan Carnevale G 19 6:00 185 Canisius 9 10 6 26 2.9
Stan Raiman G-F 23 5:09 140 Buffalo/Canisius 9 21 17 59 6.6
Stan Jackson F 17 5:09 135 None 7 8 2 18 2.6
Jim O’Donnell F-C 25 6:01 180 Canisius 8 3 4 10 1.3
Johnny Lenhart F 22 6:04 180 Colgate 3 0 0 0 0.0