Minneapolis Millers Individual Statistics
Web page by Stew Thornley
Author of On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers
Key to Abbreviations for Batting Statistics:
B.A.-Batting Average; HR-Home Runs
Key to Abbreviations for Pitching Statistics:
Note on 19th-century statistics: The individual statistics for the 19th century are not complete. The following tables contain the available information on each season through 1900. It may be just names of the players, it may be just a season summary without any individual names, or it may be names of players with some statistics.
The information on this page has been derived from game-by-game compilations and other notes from research I did in the 1980s and current record sources such as Marshall D. Wrights The American Association and http://baseball-reference.com. Society for American Baseball Research member Rich Arpi has provided great help by catching and informing me of data-entry errors and other information.
1884 Northwestern League, Manager: Ben Tuthill, Record: 31-42-1 and 8-5
1884 Northwestern League, Manager: Ben Tuthill, Record: 31-42-1 and 8-5
| George Fisher, 2b-3b-c; W. A. Reid, rf-2b; Bob Caruthers, lf-p (15-16 in 35 games with 27 complete games as a pitcher); James Donnelly, c; F. C. Nichols, p-rf; O. R. Casey, cf-c; Harry Baker (or Buker), 3b; Charles Isaacson, 1b; Ed ONeil, ss; Thomas Murray, ss-p; Al Miller, c; Tom Murphy, p-cf; Bart Grether, cf-p; Bob Parker, 2b; W. F. Yott, c; Mark Creegan, c; Walter Walker, 3b-p; George Mundinger, c; Wyman Andrus, 3b-cf-ss; Jim McCauley, c; Walt Kinzie, 3b-2b; McElwain, cf; Anderson, ss; McCormick, p; Pearson, p; McArthur (or MacArthur), p; James Devine, p.
In 1884, the Northwestern League season was suspended in mid-August after nine of the teams (Muskegon, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Bay City, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, Peoria, Quincy, and Stillwater) disbanded or were kicked out for non-payment of league dues.
A new schedule was drawn up for the remaining three teamsMinneapolis, St. Paul, and Milwaukeeas well as for a new team, Winona, Minnesota. In early September, Minneapolis and Winona disbanded, leaving only Milwaukee and St. Paul.
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1886 Northwestern League, Manager: Eddie Whitcomb, Record: 35-42, 6th Place
|Will Foley, 2b-3b; Tom Murphy, cf-lf; Eddie Whitcomb, ss-p; Jack Crooks, rf-ss-lf-2b-p-3b; Kelly, lf-1b; Tim ORourke, c-rf-cf-lf; Joe Cantillon, 1b-2b-p-cf-rf; ODonnell, 3b-p; Feeley, rf; ODay, lf-1b-cf; Wilber, rf-cf-p; Prescott, c; Bennett, rf; Taylor Shafer, 2b-c; Morrison, rf-ss-lf-3b; Driscoll, cf-2b-ss; Stacy, rf-c; Webber, lf-c-1b-cf-rf; Sheehan, cf; George Rhue, 1b; Corlin, 2b-ss; Bill Traffley, c-rf-ss; Buckley, ss-rf-2b-1b-p; Van Sickles, rf-ss; Charles Faatz, c-rf; Monahan, ss; Dougherty, ss; Pickett, 3b; Bates, p-cf; Horan, p-cf-lf-rf; Wagner, p-cf; Bill Sowders, p-cf-rf-ss; Egan, p; Flannigan, p-rf-lf; Joe Yingling, p-of; Ryan, p. (Dougherty played only in a September 22 game in Milwaukee that was stopped by rain in the fifth inning; although game was called before it became a regulation game, the teams agreed to count it as a win for Minneapolis, which was leading 3-2 at the time it was called. All records from the game, including Doughertys appearance with Minneapolis, are official.)|
1887 Northwestern League, Manager: Robert O. Foster, Record: 54-65-2, 5th Place
|O. J. Patton||111||.352||7||rf-ss|
|J. J. Moriarty||11||.277||0||p|
|J. J. Moriarty||3||5|
| Other players: Hart, c.
*Willis, Tuckerman, and McKeevers statistics include games played with Eau Claire; Peakes include games with Duluth and Eau Claire in 1887.
1888 Western Association, Manager: W. E. Gooding, Record: 27-54-1, 8th Place
| The final record of 27-54 includes forfeit losses to Omaha (in a game at Davenport, Iowa) on August 11, when Minneapolis manager W. E. Gooding refused to play because he thought the field was unfit, and at home to Des Moines on August 21, after the Minneapolis team had disbanded. It does not include two wins over the St. Louis Whites earlier in the season after the Whites disbanded and the league adjusted teams record, dropping some of their results against St. Louis.
Bill Hawes, 1b; Owen Orry Patton, rf-3b; Robinson, 3b; McCullom (or McCallum), cf-rf; Tim Brosnan, ss; Jevne, lf; John Shaw, ss; Frank Graves, c; Bill Kreig, c-ss-1b; Joe Walsh, ss; John Weihe, cf-3b; Lynch, rf; Pete Gallagher (or Galligan), 3b; Cal Broughton, c-1b; Patsy Tebeau, 3b; Dave Rowe, rf; Shaeffer, 2b; Rudy Kemmler, c; Tod Brynan, 1b-p; Charlie Parsons, p; Gus Klopf, p-1b-rf; George Winkelman, p; Rehse, p; Nicholson, p; Hallstrom, p; March, p; Small, p-rf; Varney Anderson, p; John Sowders, p. In addition, the following players played in an August 15 game against Kansas City: Hurn, 2b; Nash, 1b; Bob Allen, ss; Rehse, p; Herkimer, 3b; Watson, c; McCrum, lf, Schoonover, cf; March, rf. These players were recruited from the local Lyndale amateur team and were not paid for the game. The regular players refused to play in the game unless they received their salaries. The August 15 game included Rehse and March, who had played for Minneapolis earlier in the season.
1889 Western Association, Manager: Sam Morton (home) and Moxie Hengel (road), Record: 66-56, 3rd Place
|Lone Turner, cf-p; Jim Daly, lf; Buck West, rf-1b; William Hanrahan, ss, Joe Miller, ss; Moxie Hengel, 2b; T. F. Pierce, 1b; Dan Dugdale, c; Dan Minnehan, rf; Duke Jantzen, c-p; Elmer Foster, cf; E. O. Woodie Wagenhurst; Ben Drischel, lf; Fred Jevne, lf; William Crossley, c; Carl McVey, lf; Chrissman, 1b; Martin Duke, p-cf-lf; Mike Morrison, p; Bill Vinton, p; Matthew Keogan, p; Foss, p; J. G. Mitchell, p; Jim Devlin, p; Frank March, p; Nat Hudson, p; Dad Dolan, p.|
1890 Western Association, Manager: Sam Morton-Tim Hurst, Record: 78-45, 2nd Place
|John Jack Carroll, lf; Dan Minnehan, lf; Elmer Foster, cf; John Dummy Ryn, 1b; Joe Miller, 3b; Moxie Hengel, 2b-3b; Harry ODay, ss-2b; George Meyers, c; Dan Dugdale, c; T. W. Esterquist, 3b; Wyman Andrus, cf; Frank Day, 2b; Joseph Dowie, 3b, James Twohey, c; Mart McQuaid, lf; Martin Duke, p-1b-rf (22-16 in 40 games with 314 strikeouts in 314 innings pitched); Ray Harkness, p; J. G. Uncle Charley Mitchell, p; L. L. Shreve, p; Nat Hudson, p; Frank Red Killen, p (hurled a no-hitter during the season); C. E. Petty, p.|
1891 Western Association, Manager: Billy Harrington-Sam Morton, Record: 52-45
| In an unstable league, the Minneapolis Millers ended up in first place by default in August. The St. Paul team, in early June, announced it would move to Duluth. The team was on the road at the time and continued using the St. Paul name until June 18. The team didnt play its first game in Duluth until July 5. In mid-July, the Millers were in fourth place (with a won-lost record of 40-34), trailing Lincoln, Milwaukee, and Omaha, which was in first place with a 43-23 record when the Omaha owner announced he was disbanding the team because of financial difficulties and releasing the players. Omaha was reorganized and, after a 10-day gap, began resumed with new players. Omaha dropped behind Minneapolis in the standings, as did Lincoln. In mid-August, the first-place Milwaukee team left the Western Association to join the American Association, which was in its final year as a major league. The departure of Milwaukee left Minneapolis in first place. However, the Millers were not even playing as this was happening. The team had been sold on August 10 and was to be disbanded. Under new ownership (and a new manager as Sam Morton replaced Billy Harrington), the Millers played games at Duluth on August 12 and 13, winning one and losing one, and then were off as the future of the team was again in limbo. Minneapolis played one more game, losing at home to Sioux City on August 19. The Millers then disbanded, along with Lincoln and Duluth, leaving the Western Association with only four teams: Sioux City, Omaha, Kansas City, and Denver.
Note: The Minneapolis Tribune showed the Millers final record as 58-45. However, the newspaper inexplicably changed the record from 52-44 to 58-44 after August 13. Even though the standings in the paper showed Minneapolis with a 58-44 record, it had its winning percentage as .542, which would be the winning percentage for a record of 52-44. When Milwaukee was dropped from the league on August 17 (Milwaukee left to take the place of Cincinnati in the American Association), the newspaper showed Minneapolis with the next-best record of 58-44 (still indicating a winning percentage of .542) and Omaha with a record of 46-40. Even with the correct record of 52-44 for Minneapolis, the Millers were still ahead of Omaha and in first place after the departure of Milwaukee. The Millers played one more game, losing to Sioux City, on August 19, making their record 52-45 (shown as 58-45 by the Tribune, with a winning percentage of .563, which would correspond with the incorrect record of 58-45). By this time, Sioux City, with a record of 52-46, had passed Omaha, which had dropped to 46-42. Regardless of which record was used for Minneapolis at this time, 58-45 by the newspaper or the correct record of 52-45, the Millers held first place at the time they disbanded.
Larry Murphy, cf; Frank Shugart, ss; Dan Minnehan, rf-1b; John Dummy Ryn, 1b; John Jack Carroll, lf; Howard Earle, 3b-2b; Moxie Hengel, 2b; Homan, c; Dell Darling, c-1b; Dan Dugdale, c; Joe Miller, 3b; Mart McQuaid, lf-3b; McGlone, 3b-lf; Ward, lf-3b-2b; Walsh, ss; Emmett Rogers, rf-3b-c; White, lf-ss; Andy Sommers, 1b; Frank Killen, p-cf; George Treadway, p-cf; J. G. Uncle Charley Mitchell, p-rf-lf; Bartson, p; Martin Duke, p; Billy Burdick, p; Fee, p; George Rettger, p.
1892 Western League, Manager: C. M. Charley Morton, Record: 19-22 (first half) and 3-1 (second half)
| The Millers had 25 postponements during the season. Other teams also had many postponements because of bad weather. The Western League was divided into two halves, but the Millers played only four games in the second half before owner Hy Hach announced he was disbanding the team. Fort Wayne and Milwaukee also disbanded. Manager Billy Barnie of the Fort Wayne team was awarded the Minneapolis franchise and its remaining players. Columbus came to Minneapolis to begin a series on July 11 but found no Minneapolis team to play. The entire league folded within a few days.
Jack Carroll, rf; Katz, lf; Milton Buck West, 1b; Charlie Newman, cf; Munyan, c-3b-2b; Walter Jiggs Parrott; Graham, ss; Dixon, 2b-1b-c; Tim Shinnick, 2b-p; C. M. Charley Morton, 3b; Ossie France, p; Parke Swartzel, p; Corbett, p; Jack Easton, p.
There was no professional baseball in Minnesota in 1893, but Minneapolis had a team in a new Western Leagueone that was formed by sportswriter Ban Johnson with the intent to eventually turn it into a major leaguein 1894.
1894 Western League, Manager: John Barnes, Record: 63-62-3, 4th Place
|Charles Chick Fraser||62||.286||p|
| Other players: Thomas McGuire, rf; McCauley, 1b; Corbett, rf; Dalrymple, rf; Al Mannassau, lf; Gus Klopf, lf-3b-p; Lynch, rf; Murphy, lf-p; Freyer, p; Cyclone Duryea, p; Williams, p; Lincoln, p; Hugh Fleetham, p; Charley Mitchell, p; John Sowders, p; Den McFarland, p; John Luby, p.
With the Millers playing their home games in tiny Athletic Park in downtown Minneapolis, the team posted some enormous run totals (averaging 10.5 runs per game overall and 12.7 runs per game in home games). No one benefitted more from the short distances down the foul linesabout 250 feetthan Perry Moose Werden, who set a professional record with 42 home runs.
Although the Millers had a potent offense (helped by Athletic Park, no doubt) and were adept at putting numbers on the board, the teams pitchers and fielders were even more talented when it came to giving up runs. Five times during the season, the Millers allowed more than 30 runs in a game. On August 30, at Athletic Park, Minneapolis lost to Indianapolis by a score of 33-23.
1895 Western League, Manager: John Jack Barnes-Thomas Murphy, Record: 64-59, 4th Place
| Hulen, ss; Joe Strauss, rf; Perry Werden, 1b (.428 batting average with 241 hits, 179 runs scored, and 45 home runs in 123 games); Jim Burns, cf; Dan Lally, lf (.400 batting average with 36 home runs, 236 hits, and 205 runs scored in 123 games); Bill Kuehne, 3b; Joe Werrick, 2b (32 home runs); Wilson, c; Page, ss; Elmer Foster, cf; Martin, rf; Charley Frank, rf; Egyptian John Healy, p; Charles Chick Fraser, p; Fanning, p; Parvin, p; Martin Duke, p; Baker, p; Borchers, p; Carney, p; Ortman, p; Burke, p; Blackburn, p; Hugh Fleetham, p.
Once again, the Millers averaged more than 10 runs per game, and Perry Werden topped his previous years output by hitting 45 home runs37 of them at Athletic Park with four coming in a single game on July 23to set a new professional record, one that would stand until Babe Ruth took up the business.
Others took advantage of Athletic Parks short dimensions (even pitcher Chick Fraser had 15 home runs in 1895), and the Millers as a team hit 219 home runs, a single-season professional record that lasted for decades.
1896 Western League, Manager: Walter Wilmot, Record: 89-47-4, 1st Place
|Big Bill Hutchison||38||13|
| Other players: Charley Frank, rf; William Moran, c; Joe Strauss, 2b; P. R. Healy, 3b-ss; Patridge, rf; McHale, 3b; Egyptian Healy, p-2b; Jim Cyclone Duryea, p; William Carney, p; Rice, p; Charley Hastings, p.
The Millers won their first pennant, pulling away from the rest of the league after winning 30 games during a 31-game stretch in August. It was also the teams first year in Nicollet Park (although the ball park was known as Wright Field for its first season). Early in the season, the Millers received an eviction notice from Athletic Park. The land on which their grounds stood had been sold, and they were given 30 days to find a new home. On May 23, the Millers played their final game at Athletic Park, then left on an extended road trip, not knowing where their new home would be when they returned.
The ballclub considered several sites but finally settled on a spot at 31st and Nicollet, a block south of Lake Street. The ground was quickly graded, bleachers, grandstands, and fences hastily erected, and within three weeks the field was ready for baseball. The Millers played their first game at the new ballpark on June 19, beating Milwaukee, 13-6. Charley Frank hit the games only home run, a two-run shot over the right-field fence in the sixth inning.
1897 Western League, Manager: Walter Wilmot-George Doggie Miller, Record: 43-95, 6th Place
|George Doggie Miller||134||.336||107||45||rf-c|
|Tom Tacks Parrott*||128||.290||92||21||1b-of|
|Charles Deacon Phillippe||28||.275||6||0||p|
|Charles Deacon Phillippe||8||13|
| Other players: Dan Lally, lf; Walter Wilmot, cf; Jack Pickett, 1b; Partridge, cf; Tom Letcher, cf; Nicholson, 2b; Purvis, 1b; Lattimer, c; Peach Keefe, c; Tibald, 3b-rf; Veach, rf; Kagey, p; Harvey, p; Tom Smith, p; Art Herman, p; Berg, p.
*Deadys statistics include games played with Indianapolis, Detroit, and St. Paul; Parrotts include games with St. Paul; Eustaces include games with Indianapolis; and Roats include games with Grand Rapids in 1897.
1898 Western League, Manager: Gus Schmelz-Charles Reilly-Walter Wilmot, Record: 48-92-1, 7th Place
|Charles Count Campau, rf; Tom Letcher, lf; Rice, 3b-ss; Hickey, 1b; Tacks Parrott, cf; Heinie Smith, 2b; Art Ball, ss; Dickey Dixon, c; Louis Ritter, c-3b; Hanna, 3b; Charles Reilly, 3b; Corbett, 1b; George Scoops Carey, 1b; Morgan, cf; Joe Dolan, 2b; Dan Lally, lf; Alfonzo Lefty Davis, cf; Dugan, 2b; Bert Dennis, rf; Hale, rf; Ducon, c; Burke, 3b; Frary, rf-c; Newt Fisher, c; Walter Wilmot, rf; Andrews, 2b; Casey, 1b; Shuamyer, ss; Deacon Phillippe, p (21-19 won-lost record in 43 games with 339 innings pitched); Frank Figgemeier, p; Cook, p; Norton, p; Kid McNeely, p-3b; The Wrong Wright, p; Roger Bresnahan, p; McDonald, p; Harley Parker.|
1899 Western League, Manager: Walter Wilmot, Record: 76-50-1, 2nd Place
|Wee Willie Doc Nance, lf; Jay Andrews, 3b; Walter Wilmot, rf; Perry Werden, 1b (.346 batting average with 4 home runs in 111 games); Ed Abbatichio, 2b; Germany Smith, ss; Dickey Dixon, c; George Carey, 1b-cf; Lefty Davis, cf; Dave Zearfoss, c; Burns, ss; Walter Preston, lf; Roger Bresnahan, c; Bill Hutchison, p; Harley Parker, p; Oscar Bandelin, p; Jack Menefee, p-cf; Kid McNeely, p; Danny Friend, p; Jack Fifield, p; Billy Hart.|
1900 American League, Manager: Walter Wilmot, Record: 53-86-3, 8th Place
|Erwin Za Za Harvey||51||.300||of-p|
|Wee Willie Nance||129||.268||3b|
|Phillip Red Ehret||44||.252||p|
|Phillip Red Ehret||11||24|
|Erwin Za Za Harvey||7||11|
| Other players: Schrall, lf; Ed Abbatichio, 2b; Grim, c-1b; Eddie Burke, lf; Burns, cf; McAndrews, 3b; Krouse, 2b; Campbell, 3b; Higgins, 2b; Charlie Hastings, p; Corbett, p.
In 1900, the Western Leagues name changed to the American League. The following year, the American League became a major league, without Minneapolis (as well as without several other cities that had teams in the league in 1900).
Perry Werden tied for the American League lead with 9 home runs in 1900.