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Buffalo Bulls Football 1919

James Chambers - #19 Defensive Back

  • Position - Running Back
  • Class - Freshman
  • Hometown - Lockport, NY
  • High School - Lockport
  • Size - Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 190

Chambers is a walk on from Lockport who made the move from Defensive Back to Running back. At Lockport he was a slightly bigger version of Brandon Murie.He could be a do everything back in training this year.

About 1919


1919 was Buffalo's fifth season back after restarting the athletics program in 1915. Art Powell, a former Syracuse Basketball Player, was coaching UB football and hoops at the time.

While the Bulls Basketball was showing progress in this era the football team was floundering and 1919 was Powell's worst year as a football coach.

On the strength of a 6-6 tie with Saint Bonaventure the Bulls completed their season with an 0-5-1 record.

Coach - Art Powell


Masten Park grad Art Powell was taught basketball by Fred Burkhard, who learned the game from James Naismith. Powell went on to play Basketball, Baseball and Football at Syracuse.

He played on the 1904 AAU Buffalo German team that won the first ever basketball tournament at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.

Powell helped shape football as an umpire and referee for college (including Syracuse games) and NFL games. He went on to coach basketball at Rochester, Indiana before coming to Buffalo in 1916. Powell became the first long term coach on record of the football program, as well as the first coach of the basketball program.

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 World War Two ended and with the treaty of Versailles and rather than celebrating properly the United States enacted the 18th amendment, prohibiting the consumption of Alcohol.
What Year is Next? This season marked the one and only time UB played a game in the current home state of a particular Bull Run editor.