BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The corner of Jefferson Avenue and Northland Avenue show no signs of a baseball field. However, the intersection was the site of Federal Field, the home of the last major league game (that wasn't an exhibition) to be played in Buffalo. The Buffalo Blues took on the Baltimore Terrapins. It was one of the final match ups of the Federal League. The game was on September 8th, 1915.
Buffalo was home to more than one team considered to be in the "big leagues." In the late 1800s, the Buffalo Bisons, not the current AAA team, played in the National League. The team had some serious fire power.
"They had four hall of farmers in their prime on that team. Pudd Galvin, who is the first pitcher to win 300 games. Dan Brouthers, who actually won two batting titles while playing with the Bisons," said Brian Frank. He puts together The HERD Chronicles. A great source to dig further into Buffalo baseball history.
Big League baseball has been in Buffalo another time since 1915. The game didn't count in the standings. The Blue Jays squared off against Cleveland in 1987 at "The Rockpile." The game ended in a tie.
On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays will take on the Miami Marlins at Sahlen Field. Only cardboard fans are allowed to attend and witness the first big league baseball match up in 105 years.