The Original Buffalo Bills

A History of the All-America Football Conference Team, 1946–1949


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About the Book

The Buffalo Bills of the National Football League have a fervent fan base; the city’s love affair with their football team dates back more than six decades. The Buffalo Bills were one of the strongest teams in the All-America Football Conference in 1948 and 1949, their final years of play. The team had such an impact on the city and on professional football that current franchise owner Ralph Wilson, when searching for a home for his American Football League team, settled in Buffalo and named the team in honor of the original Bills.

About the Author(s)

Kenneth R. Crippen is the president and former executive director of the Professional Football Researchers Association. He has researched and written about professional football history for over 20 years, and has won several awards for his work, and has been featured on National Football Post, Cold Hard Football Facts, The Packer Report, Coffin Corner, Fox Sports Radio, ESPN Radio and WGR (Buffalo). He lives in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Kenneth R. Crippen

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 327
Bibliographic Info: 21 photos, statistics, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4619-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Preface      1
Prologue      3

1. The AAFC Forms      9
2. The Bisons Take Shape      18
3. The Bisons Take the Field      27
4. Ratterman Arrives in Buffalo      44
5. The Third Season Begins      64
6. The Team Started to Gel      70
7. Clem Crowe Takes Over      85
8. The War Was Over      102

Epilogue      113
Appendix A: Schedules and Rosters      117
Appendix B: Detailed Game Summaries      127
Appendix C: All-Time Record versus Each Opponent      217
Appendix D: All-Time Roster      220
Chapter Notes      295
Bibliography      303
Index      313

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “There is much to enjoy in this well-crafted, thoroughly researched monograph. For researchers looking to do similar work, this should be considered a good guide for short team histories”—Mind’s Eye Press
  • “A compelling read…fantastic”—Tonawanda News