Minneapolis Millers - Compiled by Stew Thornley
1906 - American Association,  80-71-2, 3rd place - Standings, statistics, and notes follow game-by-game results
Manager: Mike Kelley
Date Opponent Outcome Record Notes
W 4/18 at Louisville Colonels L 7-11 0-1 Minneapolis manager (and president) Mike Kelley stays off the bench at the request of the National Commission, organized baseball's governing body, over the St. Louis Browns' contention that Kelley is their property.  Kelley had secured an injunction in Cincinnati after the National Commission, which had ruled that Kelley would have to pay the Browns $1,800 to obtain his release before he could play or manage another team in organized baseball.  The commission requested that Kelley stay off the bench for a day so they could make a decision.  
 Ed Kenna and Ray Brashear, seriously hurt in the accident in Kansas City late in the 1905 season, are back with the Colonels.
Th 4/19 at Louisville L 0-9, forfeit 0-2 Umpire Brick Owens forfeits the game when Kelley refuses to leave the bench.  Kelley protests the game, and Louisville's George Tebeau calls him a "piker" for not abiding by the National Commission's ruling.  (Tebeau operates both the Louisville and Kansas City teams in the American Association as well as Denver in the Western League).
F 4/20 at Louisville L 8-9 0-3 Kelley is on the Minneapolis bench.  League president Joseph O'Brien tells Owens to allow him on the bench, but Kelley could not wear a uniform or go to the coaching lines.  
The leagues had been split into factions over another issue, whether to use the Reach or Victor ball.  Kelley and his faction , in response to Tebeau calling him a piker, refuses to use the Victor ball, the choice of Louisville's faction.
Su 4/21 at Louisville L 6-7 0-4
Su 4/22 at Indianapolis Hoosiers L 7-12 0-5
M 4/23 at Indianapolis W 10-8 (11) 1-5 Andy Oyler breaks 8-8 tie with two-run, bases-loaded single in the 11th.
Tu 4/24 at Indianapolis W 9-5 2-5
W 4/25 at Indianapolis W 6-5 3-5
Th 4/26 at Toledo Mud Hens L 0-4 3-6
F 4/27 at Toledo L 4-9 3-7
Sa 4/28 at Toledo W 8-0 4-7 5-hitter by Hank Gehring, who starts scoring with a long two-run homer.
Su 4/29 at Toledo L 1-12 4-8
M 4/30 at Columbus Senators L 2-4 4-9
Tu 5/1 at Columbus W 4-1 5-9
W 5/2 at Columbus L 4-9 5-10 Ole Kilroy pitches his first game for the Millers (known by the Minneapolis Tribune as the Reds because of the red in their uniforms), despite a protest by the St. Paul Saints, who claim to own his contract.
Th 5/3 at Columbus W 3-2 6-10
*Sa 5/5 Toledo L 1-4 6-11 A snowstorm delayed the game after 5 innings (with Millers captain Billy Fox showing umpire Sullivan the rules, claiming there was no provision for a blizzard).  The Millers led 1-0 after 6, but Toledo took the lead in the seventh.
Su 5/6 Toledo* W 2-1 (10) 7-11 *at Minnehaha Driving Park.  5,000 fans attend despite continued cold weather.
M 5/7 Toledo W 5-3 8-11
Tu 5/8 Columbus W 4-3 (10) 9-11 The National Commission dismisses the case against Mike Kelley, ruling that he is free to manage the Millers.  The question of his status as a player was deferred until a later time.
W 5/9 Columbus L 1-7 9-12
Th 5/10 Columbus W 5-4 10-12
F 5/11 Columbus L 3-4 10-13
Sa 5/12 Louisville W 8-2 11-13
Su 5/13  Louisville* W 4-3 (10) 12-13 Andy Oyler, who normally doesn't play on Sundays, played because the Millers had so many injuries and drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th.  (Oyler had returned to the Millers in mid-April on the condition that he not be expected to play on Sundays.)
M 5/14 Louisville T 1-1 (14), darkness 12-13-1
Tu 5/15 Indianapolis L 1-4 12-14
W 5/16 Indianapolis L 2-4 12-15 Oyler has 12 chances at short without an error.
W 5/17 Indianapolis W 5-4 (11) 13-15
F 5/18 Indianapolis L 2-5 13-16
Sa 5/19 St. Paul Saints W 1-2 14-16
Su 5/20 at St. Paul W 8-4 15-16
M 5/21 St. Paul, rain
Tu 5/22 at St. Paul, rain
W 5/23 Milwaukee Brewers L 1-2 15-17
Th 5/24 Milwaukee W 3-2 (4-1/2, rain) 16-17
F 5/25 Milwaukee, rain
Sa 5/26 Kansas City Blues, rain
Su 5/27 Kansas City W 6-0 17-17
M 5/28 Kansas City L 1-5 17-18
Tu 5/29 at St. Paul L 2-3 (10) 17-19
W 5/30 a.m. St. Paul W 8-3 18-19
W 5/30 p.m. at St. Paul W 10-3 19-19
Th 5/31 St. Paul L 2-5 19-20 Umpire Steve Kane is chased from the field by fans, who were angry about a fourth-inning call Kane made against the Millers.  Plate umpire Brick Owens was criticized in the newspaper over his ball-strike calls.
F 6/1 at Kansas City L 3-5 19-21
Sa 6/2 at Kansas City W 5-0 20-21
Su 6/3 at Kansas City W 4-3 (10) 21-21
M 6/4 at Kansas City L 2-3 21-22
Tu 6/5 at Indianapolis, wet grounds
W 6/6 at Indianapolis W 2-1 22-22
Th 6/7-1 at Indianapolis W 4-1 23-22
Th 6/7-2 at Indianapolis W 3-0 24-22
F 6/8 at Indianapolis L 9-11 24-23
Sa 6/9 at Louisville L 5-14 24-24
Su 6/10 at Louisville L 3-8 24-25
M 6/11 at Louisville W 9-4 25-25
Tu 6/12 at Louisville L 2-3 25-26
W 6/13 at Toledo W 9-2 26-26 Millers beat American Association leaders.
Th 6/14 at Toledo L 2-3 26-27
F 6/15 at Toledo, rain
Sa 6/16-1 at Toledo L 4-5 (10) 26-28
Sa 6/16-2 at Toledo W 7-3 27-28
News breaks that Mike Kelley accused umpires Kane and Owens of deliberately tipping Louisville batters to the battery signals of the Millers in the recent series in Louisville.  President O'Brien orders Kelley to substantiate his charges or face a suspension.
Su 6/17 at Columbus L 3-5 27-29 O'Brien suspends Kelley, pending an investigation of his charges.  Kane and Owens were also suspended temporarily.  
M 6/18 at Columbus W 4-2 28-29
Tu 6/19 at Columbus L 0-3 28-30
W 6/20 at Columbus L 0-2 28-31 Kane and Owens are reinstated by the league.
Th 6/21 at Milwaukee W 7-5 29-31
F 6/22 at Milwaukee L 3-6 29-32
Sa 6/23 at Milwaukee L 8-9 29-33
Su 6/24 at Milwaukee L 2-10 29-34
M 6/25 Kansas City, postponed Train wreck delays Kansas City's arrival.
Tu 6/26-1 Kansas City L 2-3 29-35
Tu 6/26-2 Kansas City W 4-0 30-35 1-hitter for Cassius Cadwallader.
W 6/27 Kansas City L 1-2 30-36
Th 6/28 Kansas City W 7-2 31-36 At a league meeting, Kelley denies making charges of crookedness against the umpires, and his suspension is ended, although O'Brien also stated that Kelley had incited the uprising against Nicollet Park against Kane and Owens on May 31.
F 6/29 Milwaukee L 1-2 (11) 31-37
Sa 6/30-1 Milwaukee W 4-3 (11) 32-37
Sa 6/30-2 Milwaukee W 13-1 33-37
Su 7/1 Milwaukee* W 2-1 34-37 *at Minnehaha Driving Park.
M 7/2 Milwaukee L 1-3 34-38
Tu 7/3 St. Paul W 7-3 35-38
W 7/4 a.m. at St. Paul L 2-8 35-39
W 7/4 p.m. St. Paul W 3-0 36-39 9,000 fans see Frosty Thomas stop the Saints 6 hits.
Th 7/5 at St. Paul W 7-6 37-39 Down 6-1, Millers tie game with 5 in eighth, win in 9th.
F 7/6 at Kansas City W 4-2 38-39
Sa 7/7 at Kansas City L 2-5 38-40
Su 7/8 at Kansas City W 5-0 39-40 4-hitter by Cadwallader.
M 7/9 at Kansas City W 5-1 40-40
Tu 7/10 Louisville W 3-2 41-40
W 7/11 Louisville W 5-2 42-40
Th 7/12 Louisville, rain
F 7/13-1 Louisville W 6-5 43-40
F 7/13-2 Louisville W 4-1 44-40
Sa 7/14 Toledo W 4-0 45-40
Su 7/15 Toledo* W 4-3 46-40 *at Minnehaha Driving Park.
M 7/16 Toledo W 4-1 47-40
Tu 7/17 Toledo W 3-0 48-40 10th straight win. Trail second-place Milwaukee by 1/2 game and first-place Columbus by 6-1/2.
W 7/18 Columbus L 1-2 (12) 48-41 Brick Owens has to escape mob of angry fans after the game.  With the game tied in the eighth, Owens called two Millers players out at the plate (in between, the Columbus catcher, thinking there were three out, had flipped the ball away).  After Columbus won in 12 innings, thousands of fans rushed the field and tried to attack Owens, who made it to the Columbus bench and was surrounded by police.  Oyler and Jerry "Buck" Freeman are suspended for their part in the melee.
Th 7/19 Columbus L 0-9, forfeit 48-42 Forfeit declared for "interference of the playing rules."  Owens (working alone) was pelted by eggs by the fans as he took the field.  He called one pitch and then left the field, to a continuing barrage of eggs, claiming to have been injured.
F 7/20 Columbus L 4-14 48-43
Sa 7/21 Columbus L 2-3 (10) 48-44
Su 7/22 Indianapolis* W 6-2 49-44 *at Minnehaha Driving Park.
M 7/23 Indianapolis W 6-2 50-44
Tu 7/24 Indianapolis L 5-6 (10) 50-45
W 7/25 Indianapolis W 3-2 51-45
Th 7/26 at St. Paul L 3-4 51-46
F 7/27 St. Paul W 2-1 52-46
Sa 7/28-1 at St. Paul L 1-8 52-47
Sa 7/28-2 at St. Paul L 7-9 52-48
Su 7/29 St. Paul* L 1-9 52-49 *at Minnehaha Driving Park.
M 7/30 at Milwaukee L 1-8 52-50
Tu 7/31 at Milwaukee L 2-3 (11) 52-51
W 8/1 at Milwaukee W 5-3 53-51
Th 8/2 at Columbus L 2-11 53-52
F 8/3 at Columbus L 1-4 53-53
Sa 8/4 at Columbus W 6-2 54-53
Su 8/5 at Toledo W 7-6 (10) 55-53
M 8/6 at Toledo L 1-11 55-54
Tu 8/7 at Toledo, rain
W 8/8 at Louisville W 2-0 56-54 2-hitter for Gene Ford.
Th 8/9 at Louisville L 5-6 (10) 56-55
F 8/10 at Louisviile W 9-1 57-55
Sa 8/11-1 at Indianapolis W 3-0 58-55 2-hitter for Ford.
Sa 8/11-2 at Indianapolis L 1-5 58-58
O'Brien suspends Kelley and team secretary L. A. Lydiard.  The league had met August 2 regarding charges that Brick Owens had bet on games in the July Columbus at Minneapolis series.  The league cleared Owens and then investigated the source of the charges, which resulted in the suspension of Kelley and Lydiard.  Captain Billy Fox ran the team the rest of the season.  Kelley did not return to the American Association until 1908, when he was reinstated by the league.
M 8/13 at Indianapolis L 0-1 58-57 Hank Gehring loses despite pitching a 2-hitter.
W 8/15 Toledo L 2-5 58-58
Th 8/16 Toledo L 1-4 58-59
F 8/17 Toledo W 2-0 59-59 2-hitter for Cadwallader.
Sa 8/18-1 Toledo W 5-0 60-59 3-hitter for Gehring.
Sa 8/18-2 Toledo L 4-7 60-60
Su 8/19 Columbus* W 3-1 61-60 Alfonzo "Lefty" Davis has 3 hits and a steal of home.
M 8/20 Columbus W 3-2 62-60
Tu 8/21 Columbus L 4-6 62-61
W 8/22 Indianapolis W 1-0 63-61
Th 8/23 Indianapolis L 0-1 63-62
F 8/24 Indianapolis W 1-0 64-62 3-hitter for Thomas, who drives in the only run of the game.
S 8/25 Louisville W 3-2 65-62
Su 8/26-1 Louisville* L 2-5 65-63 *at Minnehaha Driving Park.
Su 8/26-2 Louisville* W 4-2 66-63
M 8/27 Louisville W 4-3 (10) 67-63
Tu 8/28 Louisville W 7-2 68-63
Th 8/30 at Milwaukee L 1-3 68-64
F 8/31 at Milwaukee L 5-9 68-65
S 9/1 at Milwaukee L 2-8 68-66
Su 9/2 at Milwaukee, rain
M 9/3 a.m. Milwaukee W 10-2 69-66 Attendance only about 1,000 at each game.
M 9/3 p.m. Milwaukee W 3-1 70-66
Tu 9/4 Kansas City W 3-0 71-66
W 9/5 Kansas City L 1-4 71-67
Th 9/6-1 Kansas City W 10-1 72-67
Th 9/6-2 Kansas City W 6-4 (7) 73-67 Called in the 7th by agreement of teams.
F 9/7 Kansas City W 5-2 74-67
Sa 9/8-1 Milwaukee W 9-4 75-67
Sa 9/8-2 Milwaukee W 5-1 76-67
Su 9/9 at St. Paul L 0-9 76-68
M 9/10 St. Paul W 1-0 77-68
Tu 9/11 at St. Paul, rain
W 9/12 at Kansas City L 5-7 77-69
Th 9/13 at Kansas City W 8-5 78-69 Millers score 5 in the ninth.
F 9/14 at Kansas City L 2-5 78-70
Sa 9/15-1 at St. Paul L 1-6 78-71 The Millers arrived late from Kansas City because of a train wreck.  The second game was called by darkness with Minneapolis leading 2-0 in the third.
Sa 9/15-2 at St. Paul, called in 3rd
Su 9/16-1 St. Paul W 6-0 79-71 *at Minnehaha Driving Park.  Gehring pitches 2-hitter in first game and Cadwallader 1-hitter in second game.
Su 9/16-2 St. Paul W 1-0 (5, darkness) 80-71
M 9/17 St. Paul T 0-0 (6, rain) 80-71-2
W L Manager
Columbus 95 57 Bill Clymer
Milwaukee 86 67 Joe Cantillon
Minneapolis 80 71 Mike Kelley
Toledo 80 72 J. Ed Grillo
Kansas City 73 79 Sutor Sullivan
Louisville 71 83 James Burke
St. Paul 67 83 Richard Padden
Indianapolis 56 96 C. C. Carr
Statistics
Player Games Batting Average Home Runs Position
Alonzo “Lefty” Davis 149 .333 3 cf
Denny Sullivan 138 .311 2 rf
Ed “Battleship” Gremminger 144 .305 2 3b
Andy Oyler 132 .261 0 ss
Jimmie Hart 146 .249 6 1b
George “Peaches” Graham 122 .244 2 2b-ss-c-lf
Jerry “Buck” Freeman 101 .231 0 1b
Billy Fox 131 .202 0 2b
George Yeager 78 .192 0 c
Hank Gehring 53 .184 2 rf-p
Owen Shannon 61 .178 0 c
Pitcher G IP W L
Gene Ford 38 296 21 13
Forrest “Frosty” Thomas 42 318 18 15
Cassius Cadwallader 38 261 16 13
Orville “Ole” Kilroy 26 210 12 12
Hank Gehring 31 222 12 13
Other players: Archie Persons, of; Perry Sessions, rf-p; William F. “Maw” Brittsen, p; Cecil Weisenberger, p; Lefty Sporer, p; Beecher; p.