Minneapolis Millers

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The Minneapolis Millers were a professional minor league baseball team that played in Minneapolis, Minnesota until 1960. The team was a member of the American Association. The Millers were managed from 1924-1931 by Michael Joseph Kelly, one of the great figures of American Association history. Kelly operated the team as club president until 1946.

Ted Williams, Willie Mays and Carl Yastrzemski were among some future major leaguers who played for the Millers. The Millers won nine pennants in the Association from 1902 to 1960. They played their home games at Nicollet Park until 1955, the ballfeld being demolished the following year. That site, at 31st and Nicollet Avenue, is now the home of a Metro Transit bus garage. In 1956 they moved into Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota until 1960. They had a heated crosstown rivalry with the St. Paul Saints.

Over the years the Millers were participants in three Junior World Series; matchups between the champions of the American Association and the International League. In the 1932 championship, the team was deeated by the Newark Bears 4 games to 2. The Millers, under manager Bill Rigney clinched the 1955 series against the Rochester Red Wings, 4 games to 3, in the final ball game played at Nicollet Park. Their last appearance in this Series was in 1959, with Gene Mauch as manager, when the Millers lost the series 4 games to 3 to the Havana Sugar Kings.

The team played their final year and folded after the 1960 season with the arrival of the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Both the Millers and the Saints were resurrected in the mid-1990s; the Millers folded after one season (1994) but the Saints survive to the present despite sharing their market with the major league Twins. The 1994 Millers played as part of the Great Central League.

In the 19th century a different Minneapolis Millers were part of the Western League.


The Minneapolis Millers was the name of various incarnations of minor league hockey teams spanning from 1925-1963, including a 1963 Turner Cup winner in the International Hockey League. They had a natural rivalry with the St. Paul Saints hockey team, across the Mississippi River in the sister city. Template:Icehockey-team-stub