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The history of baseball at the university goes back to 1894. After the turn of the century, interest in the game faded. The entire UB athletics program was cancelled in 1904 due to a lack of financial support, personnel and leadership.

Starting in 1914, the University fielded baseball teams and arranged great schedules with several prominent schools. In 1920, during the University's move to what is now the South Campus, the athletics department was again reorganized and baseball was dropped.

Baseball officially returned after World War II. In 1949, Jim Peelle coached a short four-game schedule and called for more financial support from the University as baseball's popularity increased.

Early Years | Post War World War II-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979| 1980-1987


Early Years

  • 1894 - The first mention of a University of Buffalo baseball team found is from an October 1895 article in the Buffalo Evening News. In the article, it starts that the baseball team from the previous year would be reorganized so it seems that U.B. baseball goes back to at least 1894.

  • 1914 - Baseball Returns - For the first time in many years, the University of Buffalo was represented on the baseball diamond during the 1914 spring baseball season. Manager Arthur O. Harris organized several games mostly against high school teams. (read more)

  • Baseball 19151915 - Varsity Sport - Coached by George "Heinie" Smith, U.B. appears on the baseball schedule of Syracuse University, the University of Rochester, Niagara University, St. Lawrence University and Masten Park High school. U.B. home games were played at the International baseball park at East Ferry St and Michigan Ave. (read more)

    COACH: George "Heinie" Smith

  • Baseball 19161916 - Slim Thill and Cosy Dolan - Buffalo chalked up eight victories against five defeats, with one tie game. Three of the 13 games played were extra inning games. The schedule included some of the best teams in the country. (read more)

    COACH: George "Heinie" Smith
    FINAL RECORD: 8-5-1

  • Baseball 19171917 - Baseball and World War I - Lead once again by Coach George "Heinie" Smith, eighteen games, including eight at home, were booked for the 1917 U.B. baseball team but wartime conditions end the season early. (read more)

    COACH: George "Heinie" Smith

 

Post World War II

  • 1949- Informal Apperance - Baseball made an informal appearance under Coach Peelle. After 82 candidates expressed an interest in diamond warfare, a four-game schedule was played and U.B. swept the field. Peelle called for money and a more pretentious program.

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 4-0
  • 1950 - Appeal for Funds - The baseball varsity squad received $400 to conduct its 1950 spring program and the Bulls were 2-5, however, there still was no field on campus for practice or games.

    COACH: Carl Pilarski
    FINAL RECORD: 2-5
  • 1951

    COACH: Ed Muto
    FINAL RECORD: 6-3
  • 1952

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 8-2
  • 1953

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 7-3
  • 1954

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 2-8
  • 1955

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 13-3
  • 1956

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 6-5
  • 1957

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 8-7
  • 1958

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 10-6
  • 1959

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 12-5

1960

  • 1960 - The 1960 baseball record of 14-2 was at the time the best in school history. Peelle's diamondmen were now advanced as the class of Western New York baseball.

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 14-2
  • 1961

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 14-5
  • 1962

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 14-6
  • 1963 - NCAA Bid - Baseball in 1963 earned its due respect with a 15-3 record and an invite to the NCAA Atlantic Division Tournament. It was the first time baseball had distinguished itself with a tourney bid.

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 15-3

  • Baseball 19641964- Played at Yankee Stadium - A 13-5 record and another invite to the NCAA Atlantic Tournament with two post-season games at Yankee Stadium. (read more)

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 13-5


  • 1965

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 9-3
  • 1966

    COACH: Jim Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 12-6
  • 1967 - Local Champions - Baseball in 1967, 16-1, was marked by a new brand of college stars on campus. Catcher Brian Hansen led the NCAA College Division batters with a crisp .533 average. For the ninth consecutive season the Bulls won the Western New York Intercollegiate Baseball League, initiated originally by Coach Peelle.

    COACH: James Peelle
    FINAL RECORD: 16-1
  • 1968 - Expanded Schedule - The Bulls took a six-game southern trip and played their most extensive schedule to date as Bill Monkarsh takes over the coaching duties.

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 19-6-1
  • 1969

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 14-16

1970

  • 1970

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 14-14-1
  • 1971

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 20-12
  • 1972

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 19-15-1
  • 1973

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 20-13
  • 1974

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 26-12-1
  • 1975

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 14-22
  • 1976

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 26-15
  • 1977

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 24-20
  • 1978

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 27-19
  • 1979

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 25-16

1980

  • 1980

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 32-13
  • 1981

    COACH: Bill Monkarsh
    FINAL RECORD: 22-15
  • 1982

    COACH: Ray Borowicz
    FINAL RECORD: 17-16
  • 1983

    COACH: Ray Borowicz
    FINAL RECORD: 20-8
  • 1984

    COACH: Ray Borowicz
    FINAL RECORD: 10-22
  • 1985

    COACH: Ray Borowicz
    FINAL RECORD: 13-29
  • 1986

    COACH: Ray Borowicz
    FINAL RECORD: 18-21
  • 1987

    COACH: Ray Borowicz
    FINAL RECORD: 18-20