St. Paul Saints (1901-60)
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St. Paul Saints
19011960
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Minor league affiliations
Class
League
Major league affiliations
Team
Minor league titles
1924
  • 1903
  • 1904
  • 1919
  • 1920
  • 1922
  • 1924
  • 1931
  • 1948
Team data
NameSt. Paul Saints (1915-1960)
St. Paul Apostles (1914)
St. Paul Saints (1901-1913)
BallparkMidway Stadium (1957-1960)
Lexington Park (1901-1956)

The St. Paul Saints were a 20th-century Minor League Baseball team that played in the American Association from 1901 to 1960 in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. The 1920, 1922, and 1923 Saints are recognized as being among the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.[1]

1920 St. Paul Saints.jpg

History

After decades of independence, the Saints became a farm club affiliate of the Chicago White Sox (1936-1942), the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944-1957), and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1960). Their Minnesota rivals, the Minneapolis Millers, were during different periods the top minor league affiliate of the New York Giants and the Boston Red Sox.

The Saints played the first two years at the Dale and Aurora Grounds in St. Paul. The Saints also played from 1903 to 1909 at a downtown ballpark located on Robert Street between 12th and 13th Streets, and at the original Lexington Park at Lexington and University Avenue until 1913 when a fire damaged the structure. A new ballpark with a seating capacity of 10,000 was constructed in 1914 at University and Dunlap, which served as the home of the Saints through 1956. The Saints played their final four seasons at Midway Stadium, a modern ballpark located at 1000 North Snelling Avenue with a seating capacity of more than 13,000.

The two rival Twin Cities ball clubs played heated "streetcar double-headers" on holidays, playing one game in each city. Over the years 1902-1960, the Saints compiled a 4719-4435 record, second only in winning percentage to the Millers' .524. The Saints won nine league pennants, and won the Little World Series championship in 1924, topping the Baltimore Orioles in ten games.

When the Minnesota Twins came to the Twin Cities in 1961, the Saints became the Omaha Dodgers.

A newer version of the team began play in 1993 and is currently the AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Notable Players

Baseball Hall of Famers

St. Paul Saints (1901-1960) Hall of Famers
Inductee Position Tenure Inducted
Walter Alston Manager 1948-1949 1983
Roy Campanella C 1948 1969
Duke Snider CF 1947 1980
Lefty Gomez P 1930 1972
Leo Durocher SS 1927 1994
Bill McKechnie 3B 1912-1913 1962

References

  • Baseball Reference
  • Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 1997 edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.
  • "The St. Paul Saints: Baseball in the Capital City", Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015, by Stew Thornley
  1. ^ "Top 100 Teams". MiLB.com. 2001. Retrieved 2017.

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