- This article is about the National League baseball franchise, for other teams named Buffalo Bisons see Buffalo Bisons (disambiguation).
The original Buffalo Bisons baseball club played in the National League between 1879 and 1885. The Bisons played their games at Riverside Park (1879–83) and Olympic Park (1884-85) in Buffalo, New York. The NL Bisons are included in the history of the minor-league team of the same name that still plays today.
Players of note
Brouthers, Galvin, O'Rourke, Radbourn, and White are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Highlights and memorable moments
- 1877: A precursor to the Bisons played an independent schedule, finishing with a 79-28-3 record. The team subsequently joined the National League. 
- 1880: Future Hall of Fame pitcher Charlie Radbourn debuted as a second baseman on May 5
- 1880: Pud Galvin pitched a no-hitter against the Worcester Ruby Legs on Aug. 20
- 1881: 2B Davy Force recorded 12 putouts, seven assists, two unassisted double plays, participated in a triple play, and made just one error in 20 chances in a 12-inning game against Worcester, on September 15.
- 1882: Ireland-born Curry Foley became the first major league player ever to hit for the cycle (including a grand slam), on May 25, and Dan Brouthers led the National League with a .368 batting average
- 1883: Brouthers won his second consecutive NL batting title with a .374 average and Galvin posted 46 wins
- 1884: Brouthers hit triples in four consecutive games, set a season team-record with 14 home runs, and Galvin won 46 games for the second year in a row. Galvin threw another no-hitter, on August 4. Two years after Foley, Jim O'Rourke became the fourth player in MLB history to hit for the cycle, on June 16.
- 1885: Brouthers hit .359, ending second in the NL batting race behind Roger Connor (.371)