Dim Batterson

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George "Dim" Batterson
George Dim Batterson.jpg
Born October 3, 1881
Buffalo, New York
Died December 3, 1935(1935-12-03) (aged 54)
Buffalo, New York
Position(s) Head Coach (1927)
Assistant Coach (1925-1926)
Buffalo Bisons (NFL)
Buffalo Rangers (NFL)
Buffalo Bisons (NFL)
George "Dim" Batterson
Sport(s) Football
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1922 University at Buffalo
Head coaching record
Overall 1-5
College Football Data Warehouse

George Wilder "Dim" Batterson was a long time football coach for high school, college and professional teams. Batterson's ability to turn out players of All-American ability and knack of moulding Harvard Cup championship eleven at Masten Park high school in Buffalo, New York earned him the distinction of being one of the most astute scholastic coach in western New York state history.

A few sources have his name spelled as "Dim Patterson" with a P; this is a mistake. The mistake likely stems from confusion with Warren D. Patterson, a Buffalo area shoe salesman who, at the time, was part-owner, general manager, and president of the Buffalo Bisons.

Other sources list his name as "Jim Batterson" with a J; this is also a mistake. This most likely stems from confusion over his "Dim" nickname.

Playing days[edit]

At the turn of the century, in 1899, 1900 & 1901, Batterson coached and played fullback for the Oakdales, a semi-pro football club from South Buffalo, New York. During that time, he was considered one of the greatest backfield men in upstate New York. Besides the Oakdales, he played with the Elmwoods, Manhattan Athletic club, Erie Athletic club, and the Pittsburgh, Detroit and Toledo professional teams.[1] Around 1905, Batterson played for the Buffalo All-Stars, an early semi-pro football team, who would later evolve into the Buffalo All-Americans-Rangers-Bisons franchise.

Coaching career[edit]

Batterson started his coaching career at the high school level. He would go on to win four Buffalo City High School Championships (called Harvard Cups) while coaching at Masten Park High School including three consecutive in 1918, 1919 and 1920.

Batterson left the high school ranks in 1922 to become the football coach at the University at Buffalo.[2] He lasted one year at the University winning only one game.[3]

He then coached with the Buffalo Bisons and Rangers of the early National Football League; Serving as an assistant in 1925 and 1926. He was named the team's head coach at the start of the 1927 NFL season.[4] Unfortunately, the 1927 season was a disaster. Financial woes plagued the team from the start. The team lost 5 consecutive starts, bowing to Pottsville, 22 to 0; Providence, 5 to 0; New York Yankees, 19 to 8 and Frankford Yellowjackets twice, 54 to 0 and 23 to 0. After the 5th straight humiliating defeat, Batterson resigned and the team disbanded.[5] Batterson never coached in the NFL again leaving his career coaching record at 0 won, five lost (0-5).

Later years[edit]

After retiring from coaching, he was in the real estate business in the Buffalo suburb of Tonawanda, NY.

He died at the age of 51 on December 5, 1935 in Buffalo General hospital due to complications from a hernia surgery.[6]

He was elected to Harvard Cup Hall of Fame in 2002.[7]

College head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1922 Buffalo Bulls 1-5
Total: 1-5
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


  1. ^ "'Dim' Batterson Takes Post on Central 'Y' Physical Staff.," Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, NY - December 17, 1925.
  2. ^ "George W. Batterson To Coach 1922 U. of B. Football Team.," Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, NY - August 4, 1922.
  3. ^ "1922 Buffalo Football," University at Buffalo Digital Collections - September 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "'Dim' Batterson Will Direct 1927 Bison Pro Grid Eleven.," Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, NY - August 3, 1927.
  5. ^ "Buffalo Pro Eleven Disbands; All Players Given Release.," Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, NY - October 18, 1927.
  6. ^ "George Batterson Dies.," Union-Sun & Journal, Lockport, NY - December 4, 1935.
  7. ^ "Harvard Cup Hall Names First Class.," Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY - August 23, 2002.