In the mid-1950s television was bringing big league baseball into homes across America, leaving minor league ball, especially in Buffalo, on the brink of collapse. But with the help of loyal fans, and a strong team led by Lou Ortiz, the Buffalo Bisons lived on.
Before the Sabres, the Bills and even the Braves, Buffalo rallied behind another group of all-stars: the turn-of-the-century Buffalo Germans basketball team.
We continue our spring look at the nation’s pastime by sharing some 90-year old photos of Buffalo’s high school teams.
Many sporting events around the country were shut down during World War II, but those that continued provided a much-needed diversion from the war, while providing small towns like Lockport with a glimpse at future big league talent.