Minneapolis Millers - Compiled by Stew Thornley
1887 - Northwestern League, 54-65-2, 5th place - Standings and statistics follow game-by-game results
Manager: R. O. Foster
Date Opponent Outcome Record Notes
Sa 4/30 at LaCrosse W 5-4 1-0 Manager Robert Foster is the brother of center-fielder Elmer Foster.
M 5/2 at LaCrosse W 12-3 2-0
Tu 5/3 at LaCrosse W 16-15 3-0
Th 5/5 at Des Moines L 10-13 3-1
F 5/6 at Des Moines W 10-9 4-1
Sa 5/7 at Des Moines L 4-8 4-2
M 5/9 at Oshkosh L 1-10 4-3
Tu 5/10 at Oshkosh W 14-7 5-3
W 5/11 at Oshkosh L 1-9 5-4
The May 12, 1887 Minneapolis Tribune reports that Duluth second-baseman Joe Ake drowned in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Fr 5/13 at Milwaukee L 5-8 5-5
Sa 5/14 at Milwaukee L 3-5 5-6
Su 5/15 at Milwaukee W 17-3 6-6 Winning pitcher William Tuckerman hits 2 home runs.
Tu 5/17 at Eau Claire L 24-39 6-7 Eau Claire has 35 hits for 49 total bases.
W 5/18 at Eau Claire W 16-11 7-7
Th 5/19 at Eau Claire L 10-12 7-8 Elmer Foster hits 2 home runs, one a grand slam, for Minneapolis.
Sa 5/21 Duluth, rain Home opener rained out in the fourth inning with Minneapolis ahead 8-1.
M 5/23 Duluth L 4-16 7-9
Tu 5/24 Duluth  W 18-11 8-9 Millers score 7 in top of  the 9th for 18-4 lead; Duluth scores 7 in last of the 9th.
W 5/25 St. Paul (ex.) W 12-10 Exhibition game.
Th 5/26 at St. Paul L 12-20 8-10
Sat 5/28 St. Paul L 4-5 8-11
Su 5/29 at St. Paul W 7-2 9-11
M 5/30 at St. Paul T 1-1 9-11-1 Called after nine innings because of rain and wet grounds.
Tu 5/31 St. Paul, rain
W 6/1 St. Paul L 10-12 9-12
F 6/3 Eau Claire W 8-6 10-12
Sa 6/4 Eau Claire W 12-8 11-12
M 6/6 Eau Claire W 12-6 12-12
Tu 6/7 at Duluth W 8-3 13-12
W 6/8 at Duluth L 2-6 13-13
Th 6/9 at Duluth L 3-13 13-14
F 6/10 Oshkosh W 10-3 14-14 Foster opened the seventh with a home run, “sending the ball over the right field fence and out almost to the railroad track.”
Sa 6/11 Oshkosh W 6-1 15-14
M 6/13 Oshkosh, rain
Tu 6/14 LaCrosse W 5-4 (5, rain) 16-14 Game called in the top of the sixth.
W 6/15 LaCrosse L 4-5 16-15
Th 6/16 LaCrosse W 13-9 (10) 17-15 Foster breaks a tie with a leadoff home run in the top of the 10th.
F 6/17 Milwaukee L 11-13 17-16
Sa 6/18 Milwaukee W 7-3 18-16
Tu 6/21 Des Moines L 3-8 18-17
W 6/22 Des Moines L 10-18 18-18
Th 6/23 Des Moines W 12-6 19-18
F 6/24 Eau Claire W 25-12 20-18 Eau Claire makes 14 errors; Minneapolis makes 8 errors.
Sa 6/25 Eau Claire L 10-16 20-19
M 6/27 Eau Claire W 9-3 21-19
W 6/29 at Duluth L 0-3 21-20
Th 6/30 at Duluth L 5-7 21-21
F 7/1 at Duluth W 6-5 22-21
Sa 7/2 St. Paul W 9-2 23-21
Su 7/3 Duluth, ppd. The game had to be postponed until Monday, as part of a morning-afternoon doubleheader, because manager Foster couldn't get permission from the city to play on Sunday.
M 7/4 a.m. Duluth L 3-4 23-22
M 7/4 p.m. Duluth L 7-8 (11) 23-23
Tu 7/5 at St. Paul L 3-19 23-24 Replay of the 1-1 tie on Decoration Day.
W 7/6 at St. Paul L 4-6 23-25
Th 7/7 St. Paul L 2-6 23-26
F 7/8 at St. Paul L 4-10 23-27
Sa 7/9 St. Paul L 6-7 (11) 23-28
Su 7/10 at St. Paul L 3-7 23-29
Tu 7/12 St. Paul L 6-7 23-30 9th straight loss.
W 7/13 Duluth W 12-4 24-30 Make up of the May 21 game.
Th 7/14 Eau Claire W 5-3 25-30
Sa 7/16 Eau Claire W 13-8 26-30
M 7/18 Des Moines L 2-11 26-31
Tu 7/19 Des Moines L 3-5 26-32
W 7/20 Des Moines L 8-16 26-33
F 7/22 at LaCrosse L 8-14 26-34
Sa 7/23 at LaCrosse W 7-4 27-34
Su 7/24 at Milwaukee W 11-10 (10) 28-34
Tu 7/26 at Milwaukee L 2-14 28-35
W 7/27 at Milwaukee W 11-9 29-35
Th 7/28 at Oshkosh L 0-9, forfeit 29-36 James Allen hurt his arm on the first pitch of the game.  Oshkosh led 11-0 in the top of the third when manager Foster decided "to throw in the sponge."  The teams then played an exhibition game.
F 7/29 at Oshkosh W 11-6 30-36
Sa 7/30 at Oshkosh L 2-16 30-37
Su 7/31 Des Moines at White Bear Lake W 8-1 31-37 Millers stop Des Moines's 16-game winning street at lacrosse grounds in White Bear Lake.
Tu 8/2 Des Moines L 3-8 31-38
W 8/3 Des Moines W 14-5 32-38
Th 8/4 Oshkosh W 18-10 33-38
F 8/5 Oshkosh L 2-9 33-39
Sa 8/6 Oshkosh W 13-6 34-39
Su 8/7 LaCrosse W 9-8 35-39 Played in Minneapolis as the city voted to allow Sunday games.
Tu 8/9 LaCrosse, rain
W 8/10 LaCrosse W 8-6 (12) 36-39
Th 8/11 Milwaukee W 12-10 37-39
F 8/12 Milwaukee W 7-3 38-39 Millers break 3-3 tie with 4 runs in the top of the 9th.
Su 8/14 Milwaukee L 1-2 38-40
Tu 8/16 Eau Claire W 17-7 (8, rain) 39-40
W 8/17 Eau Claire W 12-2 40-40
Th 8/18 Eau Claire L 8-12 40-41
F 8/19 St. Paul L 4-5 40-42
Sa 8/20 St. Paul L 6-7 40-43
Su 8/21 at St. Paul W 4-1 41-43 St. Paul president Thompson umpires as umpire Hengel doesn't show up.
Tu 8/23 at Duluth W 11-5 42-43
W 8/24 at Duluth L 5-6 42-44
Th 8/25 at Duluth L 6-8 42-45
F 8/26 at Duluth L 4-9 42-46
Sa 8/27 Duluth W 19-4 43-46
Su 8/28 Duluth W 9-3 44-46
M 8/29 Eau Claire W 18-15 45-46 Millers, down 14-1 after 5, score 9 in 6th and 4 in top of the 7th to tie the game.  After Eau Claire takes the lead again, Millers score 4 in top of the 8th.
W 8/31 Eau Claire W 14-11 46-46
Th 9/1 Eau Claire W 7-1 47-46
Sa 9/3 at St. Paul, rain
Su 9/4 St. Paul L 2-3 47-47
M 9/5 at St. Paul L 5-8 47-48
Tu 9/6 at St. Paul L 2-17 (6) 47-49 President Thompson umpires again in the absence of the assigned umpire.  The game was interrrupted and delayed by rain.  The game was called at 5:30 at the request of Minneapolis, so the team could catch a train home.  Before the game became official, Minneapolis tried delaying tactics.  St. Paul countered by not running out grounders, trying to generate outs.
F 9/9 LaCrosse L 4-5 47-50
Sa 9/10-1 LaCrosse W 16-2 (7) 48-50 Called by mutual agreement.
Su 9/10-2 LaCrosse L 3-7 48-51
M 9/12 at Des Moines W 5-0 49-51
Tu 9/13 at Des Moines L 0-4 49-52
W 9/14 at Des Moines L 4-19 49-53
F 9/16 at Milwaukee L 5-7 49-54
Sa 9/17 at Milwaukee L 6-12 49-55
Su 9/18 at Milwaukee L 5-15 49-56
The September 19, 1887 St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Minneapolis manager Foster threatened to "drop all the Minneapolis games with Oshkosh in order to defeat the ambitions of St. Paul for the pennant.  A manager who would make such a threat ought to be tossed boldly out of the league anyway."    St. Paul was in third place at the time behind Milwaukee (in first place) and Oshkosh.
Tu 9/20 at Oshkosh W 6-3 50-56
W 9/21 at Oshkosh W 7-2 50-57
Th 9/22 at Oshkosh L 5-17 50-58
Sa 9/24 Des Moines L 4-16 50-50
Tu 9/27-1 Des Moines W 8-6 (5) 51-59
Tu 9/27-2 Des Moines T 3-3 (5, darkness) 51-59-2
Th 9/29 Milwaukee L 0-9, forfeit 51-60 The score was 3-3 at the end of the seventh.  In the last of the eighth, Minneapolis claimed it was too dark to play.  Led by Bill Kreig, the Millers left the field, and umpire Fassenden awarded the game to Milwaukee by forfeit.
F 9/30 Milwaukee W 4-1 52-60
Sa 10/1 Milwaukee L 7-8 52-61
Tu 10/4 LaCrosse W 5-4 53-61
W 10/5 LaCrosse L 5-11 53-62
Th 10/6 LaCrosse W 15-9 54-62
F 10/7 LaCrosse, rain
M 10/10-1 Oshkosh L 1-12 (6) 54-63
M 10/10-2 Oshkosh L 1-5 (7) 54-64
Tu 10/11 Oshkosh L 7-10 54-65-2
W 10/12 St. Paul (ex.) W 9-5 Minneapolis and St. Paul play exhibition games for the Morton Trophy.
Th 10-13 at St. Paul (ex.) L 6-10
W L
Oshkosh 76 41 9 unplayed
Milwaukee 78 43 5 unplayed
Des Moines 75 45 6 unplayed
St. Paul 75 48 3 unplayed
Minneapolis 54 65 7 unplayed
LaCrosse 45 77 4 unplayed
Duluth 41 79 6 unplayed
Eau Claire 38 84 4 unplayed
M 10/17 Chicago White Stockings (ex.) L 7-12 (8) The Chicago White Stockings of the National League played four exhibition games in the Twin Cities.  In addition to the games in Minneapolis, the White Stockings lost 5-1 in St. Paul on October 18 and lost 6-5 in St. Paul on October 20.
W 10/19 Chicago White Stockings (ex.) L 1-2
Statistics
Player Games Batting Average Home Runs Position
James Allen 1 .750 0 p
Con Murphy 5 .563 0 p-lf-rf
Elmer Foster 113 .415 17 cf-p
Bill Krieg 59 .402 8 c
O. J. Patton 111 .352 7 rf-ss
George Strief 50 .348 2 2b
William Hawes 117 .346 2 1b
George Winkelman 87 .334 2 p
Miah Murray 71 .321 0 c
Willie Murphy 83 .313 1 p
Charles Willis* 61 .305 2 p-of
John Shaw 117 .292 0 ss-p
William Tuckerman 42 .292 2 p-cf-rf
Charlie Cady 10 .292 1 p-lf
George Meister 106 .291 8 3b
Jim McKeever* 59 .282 1 c-1b-lf
J. J. Moriarty 11 .277 0 p
Ben Stevens 12 .255 0 rf
Elias Peake* 66 .242 1 2b
Gus Klopf 40 .238 3 p
O. Visner 6 .238 0 2b
Ed Flynn 13 .207 0 3b
Edgar Lawrence 5 .174 0 lf-ss
Michael Lynch 5 .167 0 rf
Stacey 2 .125 0 3b-lf
George Ganzel 1 .000 0 lf
McMaster 1 .000 0 3b
Pitcher W L
George Winkelman 17 25
Gus Klopf 16 14
William Tuckerman* 8 4
Charles Willis* 7 10
J. J. Moriarty 3 5
Charlie Cady 2 3
James Allen 1 0
Willie Murphy 0 0
John Shaw 0 0
Con Murphy 0 1
Elmer Foster 0 1
Other players: Hart, c.  *Willis, Tuckerman, and McKeever's statistics include games played with Eau Claire; Peake's include games with Duluth and Eau Claire.