Available in limited quantities, this coffee-table style book remains the only photo & narrative history of the Buffalo Braves ever printed.
The book showcases Western New York's 1970's National Basketball Association franchise that many nights filled Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium, but ultimately left town under bizarre circumstances, marking the first of many Buffalo sports injustices.
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216 pages with over 260 vintage photos.
Buffalo, Home of the Braves chronicles the Buffalo Brave'smeteoric rise as a National Basketball Association franchise from 1970-78. This out-of-print book features interviews with key players (Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith, Ernie DiGregorio, Jack Marin), coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, team founder and owner Paul Snyder, and team play by play announcer Van Miller.
The Buffalo Braves made history with their up-tempo style of play, three NBA Rookies of the Year, and consecutive scoring titles by a young and emerging Bob McAdoo. The book tells the story of a team of immense promise that would ultimately be squandered by an impatient ownership but supported by appreciative fans that rocked Buffalo's Aud.
The team's identity is closely tied to Randy Smith a seventh round draft pick from Buffalo State who turned a courtesy training camp invitation into a record setting NBA iron man career. This site welcomes retail orders.
We honor the late Randy Smith, perhaps the player that best represented the spirit of the Buffalo Braves. For articles, interviews, and remembrances go to: www.buffalonation, wordpress.com
Testimonials for the book Buffalo, Home of the Braves
"... solidly chronicles the messy eight-year history and unfulfilled potential of the Buffalo Braves." -- The Buffalo News
" Buffalo, Home of the Braves tells the story that has remained on the shelf for far too long." --Rick Azar, longtime Buffalo sportscaster
" Books of sports history are typically rote recitations of long ago, as dry as decades-gone boxscores. Not so with Buffalo, Home of the Braves, in which Tim and Chris Wendel turn the twin tricks of bringing the Buffalo Braves AND The Courier-Express back to life in a seamless narrative, chock-a-block with time-capsule photos and bull's-eye insights, all framed by selected 1970s columns from Phil Ranallo, smooth as a two-for-McAdoo jumper." --Erik Brady, national sportswriter, Buffalo native
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and Tim for all the excellent work done in putting together the Braves book, copies of which arriving at my doorstep yesterday around noon. So much for my work plans for the afternoon and evening- I couldn't put the book down, much to my wife's dismay!
The amount of research and the quality of the writing and layout would've stood on their own merits. However, bringing back old clips from the dearly-departed Courier- not to mention the "What's New, Harry?" columns from the genius of the late, great Phil Ranallo- put me over the top.
The timing of the release of your beautiful publication- in sync with the crumbling walls of the Aud- seems otherworldly, somehow. I don't know if I should laugh or cry, but at least I have the wonderful memories you compiled to help fill that now-gaping hole at the foot of Main St." --Dr. Timothy J. McNamara, Buffalo N.Y.