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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History
Pete Gogolak -- April 18, 1942

We're used to place-kickers lining up at an angle in professional football and kicking the ball "soccer-style." This wasn't always the case.

Gogolak was born in Budapest, Hungary, and his family came to the United States from there. He went to Cornell University, where his 41-yard field goal in 1961 was the first by a soccer-style kicker.

Gogolak joined the Buffalo Bills in 1964, where he made pro football history as the team's first sidewinder.

After two years with the Bills, he accepted an offer from the National Football League's New York Giants. The AFL considered it an act of war, and the battle was on briefly.

Eventually, the AFL and NFL merged. Gogolak stayed with the Giants and became the team's all-time leading scorer.

-- Budd Bailey