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Tay1038 02-02-2014 12:30 PM

My Vintage Minneapolis Millers & St. Paul Saints Collection
 
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Over the years I primarily collected Minnesota Twins memorabilia. Now as I start switching gears, I thought I would try something NEW and create a thread to show off my Minneapolis Millers & St. Paul Saints collection as it progresses. Hope you enjoy!

1956 Minneapolis Millers Home Flannel #27

Tay1038 02-02-2014 12:32 PM

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1954 Minneapolis Millers Road Flannel #17

Tay1038 02-02-2014 12:38 PM

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1956 St. Paul Saints Home Uniform #6

Tay1038 02-02-2014 12:39 PM

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1958 St. Paul Saints Road Uniform #6

Tay1038 02-02-2014 12:43 PM

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1947 St. Paul Saints Home Uniform #22 - Worn by Otho Nitcholas.

Same season Duke Snider played for the Saints! Duke wore #23!

slidekellyslide 02-02-2014 12:48 PM

Those of us who collect minor league teams can appreciate just how difficult it can be to find uniforms...those are outstanding!

Tay1038 02-02-2014 12:59 PM

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Game used bats from Foster "Babe" Ganzel, Bubbles Hargrave, Spencer Harris, Spencer Harris (HR bat from 1935) and Bill Rigney

The start of my Minneapolis Millers bat collection!

Tay1038 02-02-2014 02:06 PM

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c. 1958-60 Minneapolis Millers & c. 1947-60 St. Paul Saints Game Worn Caps

The Minneapolis Millers cap is signed by Bob" Riverboat" Smith, Paul Smith and Al Schroll. Has vintage writing on the leather head band that reads, "I Frozen Rabbit Track" and "Whitey Cepeda" inside the leather head band. I have been unable to identify who or what this relates to. Any ideas?

Tay1038 02-02-2014 02:23 PM

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Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota (1956-1981) stadium ticket booth sign!

One of my favorite artifacts in my collection - The Millers played here until they folded after the 1960 season with the arrival of the Minnesota Twins in 1961. I was able to photomatch the sign to a home video from 1980 that was posted on YouTube. You can see the exact matches to the font deficiencies throughout. There is white paint over the numerals that were changed to accommodate the price changes. Although this sign may or may not have been around when the Millers occupied the park – it still remains a unique piece from the Old “Met”

Tay1038 02-02-2014 02:30 PM

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Metropolitan Stadium, Original Stadium Seat #3, Unrestored

Tay1038 02-02-2014 03:29 PM

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Original Minneapolis Millers broadside advertising. Top is from 1958 and the bottom from 1939

baseball tourist 02-02-2014 04:02 PM

Awesome collection! Love all of it - flannels, bats, seats and signs. Keep 'em coming.

Tay1038 02-02-2014 06:13 PM

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c. 1935 Minneapolis Millers Wheaties Advertisement

Scott Garner 02-02-2014 06:43 PM

GREAT collection! Thanks for sharing this with us. Very cool....

I Only Smoke 4 the Cards 02-03-2014 08:37 AM

Nice collection. Thanks for sharing.

Kawika 02-03-2014 12:24 PM

So that's what a focused collection looks like? Very nice.

ksfarmboy 02-03-2014 03:42 PM

Very nice collection indeed.

kdixon 02-03-2014 04:54 PM

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Great collection. Here is one of Zach Wheat when he played for the Millers. This is Zach and his son in 1928.

Tay1038 02-03-2014 06:33 PM

Thanks everyone for the great response. A forum member on here helped me immensely over the last year - selling me a few treasures out of his collection.

Kenny - great photograph! Thank you for posting! I would enjoy seeing other items (game used, unique photos, memorabilia) in others collection related to the Minneapolis Millers & St. Paul Saints should anyone want to share!

ibuysportsephemera 02-03-2014 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Tay1038 (Post 1236285)
Thanks everyone for the great response. A forum member on here helped me immensely over the last year - selling me a few treasures out of his collection.

Kenny - great photograph! Thank you for posting! I would enjoy seeing other items (game used, unique photos, memorabilia) in others collection related to the Minneapolis Millers & St. Paul Saints should anyone want to share!

Great collection.

Jeff

Tay1038 02-04-2014 10:38 AM

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Metropolitan Stadium Colored Bricks - One of each!

ooo-ribay 02-05-2014 01:40 PM

^^^^^

gotta love that 60's architecture!

Am I to assume that you're in the Twin Cities area? I can't imagine finding that stuff in many other places.

ksfarmboy 02-06-2014 05:56 PM

Here's a story about a bat I obtained from Dave Grob. It's of Nick Allen, a fellow Kansan, that happened to play for both Minneapolis and St. Paul. A picture of the bat is included in the story.

http://www.mearsonline.com/index.php...t01returnid=98

Tay1038 02-18-2014 03:53 PM

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An old article from the Minneapolis Tribune fron May, 1951 on Willie Mays.

Tay1038 02-18-2014 03:57 PM

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Lexington Park, St. Paul, Minnesota (1894-1956). Original ballpark chair. Home of the St. Paul Saints

Tay1038 03-07-2014 04:40 PM

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c.1938 Minneapolis Millers Local Promotional Advertisement - Autographed by Ted Williams, Harry Taylor, Fabian Gaffke, Andy Cohen and Ernest E. Anderson(?)

sycks22 03-07-2014 06:34 PM

I love seeing the old Millers / Saints memorabilia being from the land of 10,000 lakes. Great collection

BBSD 03-07-2014 07:09 PM

If you have not seen this you'll dig it. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200401A24.html

CamaroCPA 03-08-2014 06:14 AM

I love this collection! I'm originally from Minnesota and am a huge Twins fan. Do you have a thread here showing off your Twins stuff?

My wife is headed to Minneapolis today and will be bringing back the Metrodome seat I purchased. I really love that old Met seat too. I gotta get me one of those.

Thanks for sharing!

Scott Garner 03-08-2014 07:04 AM

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I recently acquired this amazing white whale artifact to add to my collection last week. Autographed by Ted Williams, Harry Taylor, Fabian Gaffke, Andy Cohen and Ernest E. Anderson(?). All but Ernest E. Anderson were members of the 1938 Minneapolis Millers. Based off the signatures, I believe the advertisement is from 1938; Ted Williams only season with the Minneapolis Millers. This is an ultimate find for my collection. Im unable to identify who Ernest E. Anderson is.. He does not show up in any professional baseball statistics. Does any know who this might be?

Awesome pickup- congrats! :)

Tay1038 03-31-2014 03:18 PM

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I did some research with the seller of the Lexington Park chair I own. The original owner of the chair was part of the demolishing of Lexington Park around 1957 or 58 and they told him he could take home whatever he wanted. He took home five chairs. This is one of the five. With some additional research from the person I purchased it from attached is a team photo from 1947 and a picture of Mike Kelley from 1939, then President of the ball club sitting on the same style chair.

Tay1038 03-31-2014 03:21 PM

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Dave Grob 04-15-2014 04:10 PM

St Paul Saints Stock Certificate
 
On e-Bay right now (not mine nor so I know the seller)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/St-Paul-Sain..._qi=RTM1562572

v/r
Dave Grob

DaveGrob1@aol.com

pbspelly 04-16-2014 06:53 AM

Has anyone ever seen a photo of the 1915 Minneapolis Millers? Looking for a shot with my great-grandfather Billy Sullivan Sr.

thecatspajamas 04-16-2014 08:43 AM

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Just this one from one of the guides (Spalding?, Reach?, can't remember):

pbspelly 04-16-2014 12:31 PM

Many thanks

Duluth Eskimo 04-16-2014 09:44 PM

Billy Sullivan
 
Your great grandfather did not have an individual photo in the 1915 program, but I thought you might enjoy a team photo in uniform of the 1915 team if he is in this one. I also took a shot of the score page to show his spot as catcher on the team. If you would like something better for display, contact me directly. Jason

pbspelly 04-17-2014 08:28 AM

I don't think he's in that photo. It is possible that he is the guy in the middle in black, but I don't think so. He may have joined the team late, after he was cut by Comiskey. Cool to see the score page, though. Many thanks - Paul

daves_resale_shop 04-17-2014 06:56 PM

Williams Millers Piece
 
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Figured I would add my/ my sons only Williams Miller Piece to the thread... A very large newspaper advertisement announcing the winners of the Millers 1938 put the face with the name contest...

A Young Ted is smack dab in the middle and coincidentally was #9

joeadcock 04-25-2014 10:27 PM

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One of my few Millers

Tay1038 04-28-2014 03:01 PM

Great stuff guys!

Jason - I may be interested in your 1915 program if you decide you would like to sell..

autograf 04-28-2014 03:55 PM

Fantastic stuff. Need to do something similar for my Louisville Colonels collection...........

edjs 05-23-2014 10:12 AM

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Thought I would post this here. I also posted on the May pick-ups on the main forum. It is no where as cool as what most of you guys have, but hey, it is a Millers (and my first Millers)! I hope you guys like it(it also bumps this thread:)).

Scott Garner 05-23-2014 11:09 AM

1923 Minneapolis Millers ticket
 
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I just rediscovered a 1923 vintage Miller's ticket that I bought many years ago and thought it belonged in this thread.

It looks like the Miller's split the twinbill with the Toledo Mudhens, winning the first game 3-2 and losing the second game 4-2. The scores are neatly written on the back in vintage steel tipped fountain pen.

Tay1038 05-24-2014 11:38 AM

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Game used bats from Felipe Alou, Bob Tillman, Hank Gowdy, Chuck Schilling, Carl Sawatski and Eddie Bressoud

ooo-ribay 05-27-2014 02:01 PM

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Game used bats from Felipe Alou, Bob Tillman, Hank Gowdy, Chuck Schilling, Carl Sawatski and Eddie Bressoud.

"Sawatski"- what a great name! Could he really swat the ball?

Tay1038 05-29-2014 03:11 PM

He had 202 career homeruns in 8 season in the minors. 1945 he had a team high 45 homeruns with Nashville Volunteers. Not bad! Another famous Miller, Babe Barna was a close second with 42 homeruns that year. His MLB stats not so favorable.

Tay1038 05-29-2014 07:22 PM

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Game used bats from Paul Richards, Jack Harshman, Wes Westrum, Sammy Bohne, Bob Lennon (63 home runs Southern Association), Joseph Bracchitta and Willie Kirkland.

Scott Garner 05-29-2014 07:39 PM

Wes Westrum
 
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Ty,

FYI, Wes Westrum was the pitching coach for the NY Mets while Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan and Gary Gentry pitched for the 1969 Miracle Mets.

Runscott 05-29-2014 07:51 PM

Great collection.

I will keep my eyes open for vintage St. Paul stuff and do what I can to help make sure it ends up with a good collector!


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