Revenge of the Buffalos Falls Short

Buff Revenge Dream Falls Short March 30, 1930

Buff Revenge Dream Falls Short
March 30, 1930


The day after they took a good old country butt-kicking by 17-2, from a team called the New York Yankees, no less, the Houston Buffs arose from the still smoking ashes of a sad and sore Sunday morning on March 21, 1930 to almost act out and complete their fulfillment of the immaculate perception that most over-matched losers hold for a next day opportunity. “Let us at ’em,” simply stampeded through the herd as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Crafty little Buff right-handed starter Floyd Rose had the Yankees dancing from a string through the first six innings. Rose may have been playing over his head, juiced more than a little by the  aforementioned “immaculate perception” that a lightly regarded AA Texas League team like the Buffs could even dream for six innings of upending the high and mighty Yankees.

Using a cool and cruel curve ball over that deep six starting venture, Rose had held the Bronx Bombers at bay, striking out 7, and surrendering only 4 singles, 1 double, and 1 unearned run – as the Buffs held tight to a 4-1 lead. Sometimes, “a Rose is more than a Rose is more than a Rose.” Babe Ruth also had been held hitless – and he would end the game with an 0 for 5 goose egg by Buffs pitching on the day, failing even to get the ball out of the infield. Without further evidence, we only presume by popular public conjecture that Ruth may have used Saturday night to explore whatever passed for “night life” in Houston back in 1930. Perhaps he even discovered nearby Telephone Road.

7,000 fans had shown up at Buff Stadium for the Sunday Buffs-Yankees game. By the top of the seventh, Houston fans had reason for concern.By that time, Rose had tired and his curve ball had disappeared back to the “playing-over-my-head” shelf of the “Rosey-Hope” mind. The wilting Mr. Rose was replaced by Allyn Stout, but not before the Yankees had scored 2 runs and reduced the Buffs lead to 4-3, going into the bottom of the seventh.

A single run by the Buffs in the bottom of the seventh – and a matching single score by New York in the top of the eighth – kept the Houston lead at 1 run as the game moved to the top of the ninth with the home team holding on to a 5-4 scoring margin.

In the top of the ninth, almost every last inch and ounce of a perceived revenge win for the Buffs had disappeared. Houston pitcher Stout wasn’t able to live up to his name either. Hard hit and well placed consecutive singles by Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Dusty Cooke netted 2 runs, sending the Yankees to the bottom of the ninth with their first lead of the day, a 6-5 spotter.

The Buffs barely resounded a hoof-beat rally in the bottom of the 9th. Going quietly, the Yankees won again, this time by only 6-5, but this time, proving once more that – the actuality of superior talent most often wins out over the perceptual upset goals of the ability-challenged underdog. Heart helps. But you also “gotta have” strategic hits. And relief pitching stops on the other guys. The Buffs had neither.

Future Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt was today’s Yankee starter. Hoyt recovered from an early shaky start. He stayed through five innings, long enough to keep his club in the game before yielding to relief stints by Roy Sherid in the sixth and Bill Henderson in the eighth. Sherid was removed for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth. Bill Henderson shut out the Buffs over the last two-innings to get the win. – Allyn Stout took the loss for the Buffs.

March 30, 1930 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ~ R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 ~ 6 12 1
Houston Buffalos 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ~ 5 11 2

2BH> NYY: Cooke, Koenig – HOU: Felix

3BH> NYY: None – HOU: Williamson

HR> NYY: None – HOU: None

WP: NYY: Henderson

LP: HOU: Stout

Venue: Buffalo Stadium, Houston TX

Attendance: 7,000

Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Umpires: Owens and Dominick


San Antonio Express, March 31, 1930, Page 9.

Darrell Pittman, Astros Daily, E-Mail, March 9, 2016.


 eagle-0range Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas




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