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UB Sports History

Men's SportsMen's Sports

The history of Sport at UB begins in 1894 with the founding of the University of Buffalo Athletic Association and the first UB football team.

Football was not the only athletic activity in the University of Buffalo, for in 1895-1896, due to the untiring efforts of Dr. Irving R. Johnson, we find a hockey team organized and schedule arranged and games played with the leading Canadian teams.

In 1899, a new sport materializing in a U.B. track team.

In the season of 1905-1906, we find records of a U.B. basketball team.

Information listed on this website comes from the University Archives and digitized newspaper records.


  • Baseball

    The year 1949 is considered the official inaugural season of U.B. varsity baseball. But baseball's start at U.B. goes back much further. There are newspaper accounts of a U.B. baseball team from as early as 1895. From 1914 - 1917, several good Buffalo teams took to the diamond.
  • Basketball

    The 1915-1916 academic year is considered the official inaugural season of U.B. "varsity" basketball but there were several other teams dating back to 1905.
  • Cross Country

    In the Fall of 1948, the first "varsity" Cross Country team was formed.
  • Football

    In 1894, the University of Buffalo embarked on its very first football season.
  • Hockey

    The first U.B. hockey team was organized in the winter of 1895-1896.
  • Soccer

    In the Fall of 1971, a "club" soccer team was formed at the University at Buffalo under the direction of Bert Jacobsen.
  • Swimming & Diving

    The 1923-1924 academic year was when the first swimming team was formed.
  • Tennis

    The University of Buffalo granted tennis "varsity" status during the 1933-1934 academic year.
  • Track & Field

  • Wrestling