Buffalo Bulls Football 1922

Diamond Williams - Linebacker #22

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  • Position - Running Back
  • Class - Freshman (RS)
  • Hometown - Watertown, NY
  • High School - Watertown
  • Size - Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 297

Williams is a walk on from Watertown New York who was a Times All-North first-team player. He may be a bit buried on the depth chart but Williams could be a name to know in future years.

About 1924:

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Buffalo was still struggling to get wins but structurally the program was growing. The season review noted

"For the first time there was an adequate playing field and a properly equipped clubhouse to go with it for the use of the players. At the present time Rotary field is the best football field in the city, properly drained and sodded to give good results in the worst kind of weather. The clubhouse is equipped with showers, lockers and dressing rooms to accommodate a large number of men."

Buffalo won their season opener behing a solid effort by Captain Jim Ailinger but the team would drop every other game during the season.

George W. (Dim) Batterson

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Batterson, a product of South Buffalo, was a successful football player. He was, by many accounts, one of the best half backs to come out of upstate New York in his Generation.

After playing for athletic clubs he moved on to play for several professional teams including the Buffalo All-Stars, an early semi-pro football team, who would later evolve into the Buffalo All-Americans-Rangers-Bisons franchise.

After his playing day Batterson became one of the cities top high school football coaches. He won Harvard Cups while coaching at Masten Park High School including three consecutive in 1918, 1919 and 1920.

After one painful season with the UB he went on to coach as an assistant with some professional teams until he got a head coaching job with the Buffalo Bison's of the NFL. The team was poorly managed leaving Batterson without the resources to field a competitive squad and after on 0-5 season he retired from Coaching.

Gov- Al Smith

Al Smith was the four time Governor of New York State and the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928, the first Irish American to be nominated by one of the political parties for that office.

Part of his legacy is that he was linked to the notorious Tammany Hall machine that controlled New York City's politics.

In The News News

Russia formed "The Soviet Union". After ousting the Tsar's the Bolsheviks formed the union on December 30th, making the Communist party the only party in the country.

In Egypt the tomb of King Tutankhaten was discovered.

The Irish Free State was born. Originally a member of the British Commonwealth the state lasted until The Free State came to an end in 1937, when the citizens voted by referendum to replace the 1922 constitution

What Year is Next? This is the season the seventh Coach of UB's modern era began his UB career.
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