Before the NFL and the AFL, the Buffalo Bills were a franchise in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). The Bills were were in AAFC from 1946-1949. In their first season in the AAFC, Buffalo went by the name of the Buffalo Bisons.
This week's piece of Bills memorabilia comes from their AAFC days. It's a program from the 1949 season, the last year the AAFC would play before folding.
Back in 1949, you could get an official game program for a quarter. This program came from Buffalo's September 11th game against the New York Yankees. Inside the program were numerous ads, but starting lineups were also included.
Buffalo's quarterback in 1949 was George Ratterman. The quarterback would go on to play with the New York Yanks, not Yankees, Montreal Alouettes, and Cleveland Browns. He'd go on to do television and radio broadcasts for the AFL and NFL.
In addition to their starting lineup, Buffalo's entire roster was displayed in the program.
As for the game featured in this program, the Bills would fall to the Yankees 17-14. Buffalo would finish their final season in the AAFC with a 5-5-2 record.null