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Irving R. Johnson, Early U.B. Football & Hockey Star

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Irving R. Johnson, Early U.B. Football & Hockey Star

Football 1894, 1895, 1896 (captain)

Irving R. Johnson, Early U.B. Football & Hockey Star

Hockey 1895-96 (captain) 1896-97

Dr. Irving R. Johnson, a 1898 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, was an early U.B. sports pioneer excelling in both football and hockey.

Born in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada, Johnson came to the United States as a young man.

In 1894, Dr. Johnson was on the University at Buffalo’s very first football team. By 1896, he was the team captain leading the squad to the championship of Western New York football.

Due to the untiring efforts of Dr. Johnson, in 1895 Buffalo’s first hockey team was organized. Dr. Johnson scheduled and arranged games with the leading Canadian teams. He was also the first hockey captain.

After his playing days, he was regularly assigned to referee major football games in the Buffalo area.

He was a physician and surgeon in Buffalo, N.Y. for 45 years. He died in 1947 of heart disease.


1917-1918 Buffalo Basketball

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Captain Louis SiegelAllison RobertsDespite wartime conditions and the loss of several players to the military, Buffalo coach Art Powell led the 1917-1918 U.B. basketball team to a respectable record against quality opponents.  Yale, Colgate and the University of Rochester were among the teams beaten.  The starting five were Don Cohen and Robert Ungerer, forwards; Allison Roberts, center; Louis Siegel and Eugene Leicht, guards.

The biggest game of the year was also the last one of the season.  West Virginia University came to town and was soundly beaten by the smaller and quicker U.B. squad.  (see “Varsity Victor Over Virginians in Closing Game” Buffalo Courier, 22 February 1918)

Students Demand Coach’s Return for Another Year

Powell’s contract with the University of Buffalo athletic authorities expired at the end of the semester.  There was concern that he would move on to other more lucrative opportunities but the undergraduate students and members of the alumni association worked vigorously for his return.

Art Powell did return the following year.  In fact, he coached basketball at U.B. for 28 straight years (1915 – 1943) compiling a 198 – 190 record with a .510 winning percentage.

For more information on basketball at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

1917-1918 Buffalo Basketball Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
1/2/19181 Buffalo 21 – 13 Yale University W Buffalo, NY
1/11/19182 Buffalo 17 - 30 Syracuse University L Buffalo, NY
1/18/19183 Buffalo 43 – 5 Fort Niagara W Buffalo, NY
1/25/19184 Buffalo 31 - 16 Colgate University W Buffalo, NY
2/2/19185 Buffalo 27 – 18 University of Rochester W Buffalo, NY
2/9/19186 Buffalo 27 – 32 Allegheny College L Buffalo, NY
2/16/19187 University of Rochester 32 – 34 Buffalo W Rochester, NY
2/21/19188 Buffalo 41 – 23 West Virginia University W Buffalo, NY

Home Court: Elmwood Music Hall
Arthur Powell

  • 1 – “U.B. Gives Yale Basketball Team Real ShockBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 3 January 1918.
  • 2 – “Orange Much Too fast and Clever for Buffalo Collegians“ Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY, 12 January 1918.
  • 3 – “Varsity Swamps Soldier QuintBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 19 January 1918.
  • 4 – “U.B. Batters Colgate Five“ Buffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 26 January 1918.
  • 5 – “Varsity Whirls Rochester Five to Defeat, 27-18“ Buffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 3 February 1918.
  • 6 – “Allegheny Charges to Victory Over VarsityBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 10 February 1918.
  • 7 – “U. of B. Repeats Win Over RochesterBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 17 February 1918.
  • 8 – “Varsity Victor Over Virginians in Closing GameBuffalo Courier, Buffalo, NY, 22 February 1918.

Varsity Victor Over Virginians in Closing GameVarsity Victor Over Virginians in Closing Game

Record of Husky Southerners Dimmed by Siegel and Cohen.


Playing its last game of the season,
the University of Buffalo last night gave
the much heavier University of West
Virginia a 41 to 23 beating at Elmwood
Music hall.

When the southerners, led by the stocky
Rodgers of All-American football fame,
appeared on the floor the fans had a
glimpse of the huskiest bunch of basketball
tossers that the locals have opposed
this season. But from the first minute
of play, during which time Allie Roberts
slipped in two easy baskets, the locals
demonstrated the fact that brawn was
the only asset of the much heralded visitors.

Don Cohen and Louis Siegel were the
main obstacles in the path of the visitors
bid for victory. Both Cohen and Siegel
were all over the floor and time after
time cut in on the long passes on the
Virginians and shot the ball back toward
their own basket. Siegel’s reverse turns
at the end of long dribbles, had Rodgers
and Whetsell floundering around the floor
throughout the game.

Cohen’s accurate foul shooting, especially
in the first half, was a feature. He
caged nine out of twelve in the first half.
Cutright starred for the Virginians. The
score at half time favored Buffalo 27 to 9.


Buffalo Courier, February 22, 1918

1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Womens Basketball

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1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Womens Basketball

Front row: Gail Wallen, Arlene Norman, Cynthia Anderson (coach), Shirley Goldin, Sue Patterson
Second row: Kathy Maichrzak, Diane McMahon, Sue Glanville, Leslie Simmons, Holly Hite
Third row: Mary Ellen O’Malley, Deborah Widzieczny, Alice Gayles, Kay Richard, Emily O’Neil, Shannon Manry

1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Women’s Basketball Season

Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
Buffalo  19 – 47 Genesee Community College L Buffalo, NY
Rochester  49 – 46 Buffalo L Rochester, NY
D’Youville College  31 – 37 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
Brockport State  56 – 32 Buffalo L Brockport, NY
St. Bonaventure University  39 – 32 Buffalo L Olean, NY
Buffalo  43 – 26 Buffalo State College W Buffalo, NY
Canisius College  35 – 46 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
Buffalo  37 – 17 D’Youville College W Buffalo, NY
Buffalo  46 – 24 Fredonia State W Buffalo, NY
at New York State Tournament  Unknown Unknown W Unknown
at New York State Tournament  Unknown Unknown L Unknown

Home Court: Clark Memorial Gymnasium
Coach: Cynthia Anderson


1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball

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1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball

The 1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls basketball season was Mal Eiken’s 10th year and last season as head coach of the basketball Bulls.  On February 7, 1956, he announced that it would be his last year in Buffalo.  After 10 seasons, he was heading back to his native Minnesota to enter into private business.

Although graduation took a heavy toll on the 1955-1956 team, the undersized Bulls surprised many.  One of the highlights in the successful season was a 70-66 upset win over a towering Akron squad. (see “UB Defeats Akron, 70-66, for 12th Victory of Cage Season” Buffalo Courier-Express, 18 February 1956)

It was hoped that the win over Akron would propel the Bulls into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament. The NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 small-school teams playing in a single-elimination format.  Unfortunately, the NAIA invite never came.

The Bulls finished the season 17-3.  Mal Eiken’s career record at Buffalo (1946-1956) ended at 140 won and 73 lost for a .657 winning percentage.

For more information on basketball at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.

1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
12/1/1955 Brockport State 57 – 65 Buffalo W Brockport, NY
12/3/1955 Cornell University 83 – 73 Buffalo L Ithaca, NY
12/7/1955 Buffalo 83 – 72 Hobart W Buffalo, NY
12/10/1955 Alfred University 78 – 80 Buffalo W Alfred, NY
12/14/1955 Buffalo 66 – 46 Buffalo State College W Buffalo, NY
12/16/1955 St. Lawrence University 82 – 68 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
1/6/1956 Buffalo 74 – 88 Cortland State L Buffalo, NY
1/9/1956 Buffalo 73 – 44 Toronto W Buffalo, NY
1/11/1956 Buffalo 77 – 63 Puerto Rico W Buffalo, NY
1/13/1956 Buffalo 65 – 66 Colgate University L Buffalo, NY
1/18/1956 Buffalo 68 – 60 Brockport State W Buffalo, NY
2/4/1956 Buffalo 67 – 65 Western Ontario W Buffalo, NY
2/10/1956 R.P.I. 67 – 58 Buffalo W Troy, NY
2/12/1956 Buffalo 98 – 61 McMaster University W Buffalo, NY
2/17/1956 Buffalo 70 – 66 Akron W Buffalo, NY
2/22/1956 Hobart 46 – 50 Buffalo W Geneva, NY
2/25/1956 Rochester 71 – 73 Buffalo W Rochester, NY
2/28/1956 Western Reserve 86 – 88 Buffalo W Cleveland, OH
3/1/1956 Buffalo 86 – 60 Alfred University W Buffalo, NY
3/3/1956 Buffalo State College 68 – 58 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY

Home Court: Clark Memorial Gymnasium
Coach: Malcolm S. Eiken


UB Defeats Akron, 70-66,
for 12th Victory of Cage Season

Annable And Levitt Star For Buffalo

The University of Buffalo basketball team won one for its coach, the retiring Mal Eiken, as it nipped towering Akron, 70-66, in a tingler last night in Clark Gymnasium.

Bill Annable, senior center from Middleport, played the game of his career to help make the Bulls’ record 12-3. He made 18 points and swept the boards against opponents three and four inches taller. Next highest scorer for UB was Kurt Lang, with 17 before going out on fouls with five minutes to play.

A most significant contribution was that of Dave Levitt who came off the bench for a 12-point night. During the final 1:50 Levitt dribbled magically and went six for six from the free throw line. Akron, coming in with a 17-2 mark, was led by Dick Ondecker, a clever forward, with 16, and sharpshooting Joe Wood, with 15.

UB trailed 6-0 against Akron’s zone and was down 11-3 when Art Cholewinski tapped a rebound. Annable followed suit, Lang hit two free throws and Chuck Daniels found the mark with a jump. The Bulls went on to a 38-34 advantage at halftime.

Zippers Rally

Akron, which closed the gap to one point in the second period, called time when trailing 57-47. and closed in again on Wood’s leap and Larry Ondecker’s two free throws. The Zippers had abandoned the zone by this time.

The Bulls slashed the man-for-man setup with drives off the post by Daniels, two by Lang and another by Roy Fowler, with only Wood’s side push shot as an answer.

Akron rallied a bit later on a push by Johnny Economou and a jump by Wood, but the Bulls protected the ball well to hold their margin the rest of the way.

The victory enhanced UB’s chances of competing in the NAIA regionals next month. An invitation would be a fitting climax to Eiken’s career. He will leave UB in June.


Buffalo Courier-Express, February 18, 1956