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New Bikes

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Two youngsters win new bikes before a baseball game between the St. Paul Saints and Louisville on May 12, 1951.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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“Sir Rodney”

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

“Hitting .300 is almost like a cause, a campaign.”
–Rod Carew’s Art and Science of Hitting, 1986

“Keep your eye on the ball and hit’em where they ain’t.”  So went the mantra of 1890s right fielder William “Wee Willie” Keeler, perhaps baseball’s greatest place hitter.  In 1964, more than half a century after Keeler retired, the Minnesota Twins signed a 19-year-old Panamanian who would rival Wee Willie’s wizardry with the bat. Rod Carew made his big league debut as a second baseman with the Twins in 1967, hitting .292 and winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award.  Carew had 12 stellar seasons with Minnesota, culminating with a career-high .388 batting average in 1977.  In 1979 he was traded to the California Angels and led the team to two division titles before retiring in 1985.  With a lifetime .328 average and 3,053 hits, Carew was a sure bet for baseball’s Hall of Fame, which enshrined the slugger in 1991.  But what made Sir Rodney a truly exceptional player was more than his seven batting titles (a feat surpassed only by Ty Cobb) and 18 consecutive All-Star Game selections.

He approached hitting as a vocation, studying pitchers and adjusting his stance to spray balls to all parts of the field.  “He has an uncanny ability to move the ball around as if the bat were some kind of magic wand,” recalled Oakland A’s hurler Ken Holtzman.

A member of the Twins’ vaunted “Lumber Company” offense, Carew used this 32-ounce Hillerich & Bradsby bat to secure batting crowns in 1973, 1974 and 1975.  Bearing pine tar residue on the handle and ball marks on the barrel, the bat also features Carew’s autograph and “HOF 7/21/91,” the date of his Hall of Fame induction.

Adam Scher, Senior Object Curator

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1980 Twins

Friday, June 19th, 2015

A color photograph of the 1980 Minnesota Twins baseball team. Although they finished third in their division, only one player made the All-Star team, outfielder Ken Landreaux (third from left in the middle row).

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Willie Mays in Town

Friday, June 5th, 2015

New York Giants baseball player Willie Mays signs an autograph for a young fan while in Minnesota for an exhibition game against the Minneapolis Millers on August 11, 1954. The Millers were the AAA team for the Giants at this time.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Scoreboard

Friday, May 15th, 2015

On this day, May 15 in 1896, the Saint Paul Saints baseball team played their first home game at Aurora Park. This photograph shows the Saints scoreboard operator at work during a May 18, 1950 game.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Baseball Trophy

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

A silver trophy baseball with a tripod baseball bat stand. The ball is engraved: “Northwestern Exhibition & Fair / Winona Minn. / Champion Ball / Won by the Clippers of Winona in a match game with the Silver Stars of Northfield / Sep 10, 1875″.

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April Snow on the Field

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Two Minneapolis Millers baseball players goofing off on the field during a freak April 25, 1950 snowfall.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Vineland Baseball Jersey

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

A short-sleeved wool flannel baseball uniform jersey with applied wool felt letters reading “V” at the right breast, and “VINELAND” down the false placket at the front opening. For the rest of the uniform see ID Numbers 67.230.386.2 and 67.230.386.3.

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Millers Jersey

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This Minneapolis Millers home jersey was probably worn by pitcher Leslie Klesitz during the 1950-51 season.

This short-sleeved wool flannel baseball uniform jersey has a button-closure front opening and reads “MILLERS” across the breast and has the number “30″ applied on the back.

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Sliding for Third

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Sliding for Third

A Columbus Red Birds baseball player sliding into third, but Minneapolis Millers player Ray Dandridge is already there with the ball. August 9, 1950.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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