Niagara Club of Buffalo
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|Earliest Known Date||1857|
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|Location||Buffalo, NY, United States|
From Protoball Entry #1857.21 – Buffalo NY Sees its First Club
"The first organized, uniform team was the Niagaras who played their first games in 1857 . . . . The Niagaras were, of course, strictly an amateur nine. They played their first games after 'choosing up' among themselves, and then [later] played matches against other Buffalo nines as they became organized"
Overfield, Joseph, 100 Seasons of Buffalo Baseball (Partner's Press, Kenmore NY, 1985), page 17. Overfield does not cite a source. Originally provided by Priscilla Astifan, email of 12/7/2007.
The Niagara Club of Buffalo is listed as an NABBP member for the first and last time in 1860. M. Wright, The NABBP, page 53.
In 1859 the club "retained the informal city championship by besting the [Buffalo] Eries" They declined, however, to accept a challenge from the Live Oak Club of Rochester: "The Niagaras maintained that they did not have to accept the challenge because the Live Oaks hadn't established themselves as Rochester's best club." (Base Ball Pioneers, page 102.)
Peter Morris, citing Overfield, dates the first modern game in Buffalo to an intramural game of the Niagara Club at August 26, 1858.
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|Found by||Richard Hershberger|
|Entered by||Bruce Allardice|
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|Entry Origin||Richard Hershberger Spreadsheets|
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Win/Loss Records As Far As We Now Know
Warning: Users should not rely on a team's won-loss record as a reflection of its "standing" among all base ball clubs. Team schedules were not balanced, and a good record against mostly weak opponents does not signify a leading club.
|1858||6 Played||4 Won||0 Lost||0 Tied|
|1859||2 Played||2 Won||0 Lost||0 Tied|
|1860||7 Played||5 Won||2 Lost||0 Tied|
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|Niagara Grounds, Buffalo||1858-66|
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