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The Historical Society of the Buffalo All-Americans, Bisons, and Rangers

This site is dedicated to Buffalo's first National Football League team--the Buffalo All-Americans/Bisons/Rangers (1920-27, 29). This site will feature articles about the team, the players, seasons, and individual games from the era known as the "Golden Age of Sport," as well as photos of the players, statistics, and demographic information.


Buffalo's Forgotten Champions:

The Story of Buffalo's First Professional Football Team

"Buffalo's Forgotten Champions: The Story of Buffalo's First Professional Football Team and the Lost 1921 Title" is now available! The book tells the story of Buffalo's first National Football League team, its many colorful characters, and the lost 1921 championship that would have been the Queen City's first title in any major league sport.

Click here to order your copy of Buffalo's Forgotten Champions!

Buffalo's Forgotten Chamapions contains summaries of every game the All-Americans, Bisons and Rangers played. It features in-depth background information on many of the players, and includes statistics and demographics for every player who donned a Buffalo uniform in the 1920s. Included at the end is a chapter detailing the post-football lives of many of the players. The book is generously illustrated, with some pictures which have not been seen by the general public in over 75 years!

The All-Americans were a fine team in the early days of pro football, finishing within one game of the title in each of the first two seasons of the American Professional Football Association (renamed the National Football League in 1922). In 1921, the All-Americans claimed the title, but lost it to the Chicago Staleys in an executive decision. Some historians argue that the title is rightfully Buffalo's, but it is very unlikely the city will ever see the 1921 decision overturned.

The team listed a number of star players on its roster over its nine years in the NFL, including Swede Youngstrom, Elmer Oliphant, Benny Lee Boynton, Ockie Anderson, Eddie Kaw, Tommy Hughitt, Jim Kendrick, Luke Urban, Walter Koppisch (pictured below), and many more. Jim Ailinger, who played for the Bisons in 1924, was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the oldest former National Football League player prior to his death on March 27, 2001--he would have been 100 years old in July 2001! (go to the link below titled "Jim Ailinger: Buffalo Legend")

Wally Koppisch runs for 12 yards against the Rochester Jeffersons at Bison Stadium, 1925.

Complete Roster of
Buffalo All-Americans/Bisons/Rangers

(Featuring links to profiles of the players!)