Buffalo Stadium

[1928 – Front gate of Buff Stadium – Astrosdaily.com]

[U.T. Center for American History]

[U.T. Center for American History]

[U.T. Center for American History]

[U.T. Center for American History]

[U.T. Center for American History]

The Houston Buffaloes (often called the Buffs) were a minor league baseball team that played in the Texas League from 1907 to 1958, and in the American Association from 1959 to 1961. Most of that time, the Buffaloes were a farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals. They played their first 20 years in West End Park, which one source says was located at the end of the San Felipe streetcar line, near what is now the downtown YMCA, and which is likely the “ball park” shown on the 1913 Houston map. (The location of the “ball park” is also discussed here.) The Buffs played their later years at Buffalo Stadium (1928-1963) (known in its last few years as “Busch Stadium”). Buffalo Stadium was located on the site of the Finger Furniture building on the Gulf Freeway, which has a plaque in its floor marking where home base used to be and a sports memorabilia display dubbed the Houston Sports Museum.

More information:
Minor League Baseball article on 1931 Houston Buffaloes

7 responses to “Buffalo Stadium

  1. My father’s family lived near what they called the West End Ball Park. They lived on Northrup @ Heiner. My grandfather owned a grocery store and the family lived above it. My father and his siblings worked at the Park selling peanuts, etc. as well as watching games through the fence. My uncle told me he saw Babe Ruth and Lou Gherig play in the Park from his bedroom window.

  2. “West End Park” was location on the south side of Andrews St. between Heiner and Howe. It is now under the Pierce Elevated.

    There may have been an older ballpark, used prior to 1907, called “Houston Base Ball Park” that was on the old Fairgrounds, which was along and to the north of Main between Hadley and Elgin. In her diary, Constance Evershade mentions going to a couple of “base ball” games and a concert there between 1886 and 1889.

  3. DIZZY DEAN played for the Houston Buffs back in 1928 before he went to the Major League with the St Louis Cardinals.

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  5. Commenters are right, the ball park was at the end of Jefferson to the east and between Heiner and Howe, so now it is roughly where that little Brazos st. park is, also the San Felipe referenced above is not our current San Felipe but is rather, the current Dallas St.

  6. Anyone ever hear of the Knothole Gang? That’s what they called themselves, cause they would watch a game while looking through the knotholes of the old wooden planks of the fence that circled the ball park. -My dad,Lee Baker, was born here in Houston in 1917 and that’s what he told me.

  7. Alfred (Al) Wenkebach Jr.

    My dad took me to many games at Buff Stadium. (1940’s) Yes, I have heard of the Knothole Gang.

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