Minneapolis Millers - Compiled by Stew Thornley
1951 - American Association, 77-75, 5th place - Standings, statistics, and notes follow game-by-game results
Manager: Tommy Heath
*Scheduled for seven innings
Date Opponent Outcome Record Notes
Tu 4/17 at Columbus Red Birds, rain Millers greeted by snow and cold (temperature of 32 degrees) in Columbus.
W 4/18 at Columbus W 14-7 1-0 Winning pitcher-Adrian Zabala 1-0.  Millard "Dixie" Howell starts and is knocked out in the 4th inning.  Howell drives in 5 runs.  Zabala, the winner in relief, knocks in 3 runs.  Harold "Tookie" Gilbert walks 5 conseutive times (among 14 walks given up by Columbus pitchers).
Th 4/19 at Columbus L 3-6 1-1 Losing pitcher-Hoyt Wilhelm 0-1.  Mays hits first home run.
F 4/20 at Columbus L 3-4 1-2 LP-Dave Barnhill 0-1.
Sa 4/21 at Toledo Mud Hens W 2-1 (10) 2-2 WP-Wally Cox 1-0.  Willie Mays, who threw out Bill Barnacle at the plate in the 1st inning, opens the 10th with a double and scores the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Dave Williams.  Millers beat Toledo "bonus baby" Billy Hoeft.
Su 4/22-1 at Toledo L 4-9 2-3 LP-Les Klesitz 0-1. 
*Su 4/22-2 at Toledo L 5-7 2-4 LP-Howell 0-1.
Tu 4/24 at Louisville Colonels W 5-4 (11) 3-4 WP-Barnhill 1-1.  Mays scores the winning run in the 11th.
W 4/25 at Louisville L 7-10 3-5 LP-Ike Pearson 0-1.
Th 4/26 at Louisville L 4-5 3-6 LP-Wilhelm 0-2.
F 4/27 at Indianapolis Indians L 5-6 3-7 LP-Klesitz 0-2.
Sa 4/28 at Indianapolis W 10-2 4-7 WP-Zabala 2-0.
Su 4/29-1 at Indianapolis W 3-2 5-7 WP-Barney Martin 1-0.
*Su 4/29-2 at Indianapolis L 1-3 5-8 LP-Barnhill 1-2.
Tu 5/1 Columbus W 11-0 (7, rain/mud) 6-8 WP-Wilhelm 1-2.  5-hitter by Wilhelm.  Mays goes 3 for 5 with a double.  Ray Dandridge gets 4 hits, including a home run, and drives in 3 runs.  Dave Williams walks 4 times.  Attendance 6,477 for home opener.
W 5/2 Columbus L 5-9 6-9 LP-Klesitz 0-3.
Th 5/3 Columbus W 6-2 7-9 WP-Norman Fox 1-0.
F 5/4 Columbus L 7-8 7-10 LP-Klesitz 0-4.
Sa 5/5 Toledo, rain
Su 5/6-1 Toledo W 10-2 8-10 WP-Zabala 3-1.  Millers knock Hoeft out in the 2nd inning.
*Su 5/6-2 Toledo W 8-7 9-10 WP-Cox 2-0.
M 5/7 Louisville W 10-9 10-10 WP-Wilhelm 2-2.
Tu 5/8 Louisville W 11-5 11-10 WP-Ed Wright 1-0.  Mays gets 3 hits, including a home run.  
W 5/9 Louisville W 15-7 12-10 WP-Barnhill 2-2.  Mays goes 5 for 5 and also walks.  Gilbert, off to a slow start, hits 2 home runs and drives in 5 runs..  Gilbert had been called up by the Giants after only 6 games with the Millers in 1950.  He did not hit well, and local reporters suggest that he was rushed to the majors prematurely, cautioning that the Giants should not do the same thing with Mays.
Th 5/10 Louisville W 9-7 (10) 13-10 WP-Martin 2-0.  Mays singles to drive in the tying run in the 9th.  Jake Early hits 2-run homer in the 10th.  Mays also homers.  Gilbert hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs again.
F 5/11 Indianapolis L 11-17 13-11 LP-Wilhelm 2-3.  Each team gets 19 hits.  Mays and Dandridge each get 4 hits.
Sa 5/12 Indianapolis W 4-2 14-11 WP-Barnhill 3-2.  Barnhill hits 2-run homer.  Mays and Johnny Kropf also homer.
Su 5/13-1 Indianapolis W 14-6 15-11 WP-Howell 1-1.  Kropf and Early hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd.
*Su 5/13-2 Indianapolis W 7-4 16-11 WP-Wright 2-0.  Klesitz drafted by the Army.
M 5/15 St. Paul, rain
W 5/16 at St. Paul Saints W 7-3 17-11 WP-Martin 3-0. 
Th 5/17 St. Paul W 4-3 (10) 18-11 WP-Wilhelm 3-3.  Mays singles hom Pete Milne from second with the winning run in the last of the 10th.  Millers buy second-baseman Johnny Lucadello from Toledo and put Carvel "Bama" Rowell and Ike Person on the inactive list.
F 5/18 at St. Paul, wet grounds
Sa 5/19 at Milwaukee Brewers L 8-10 18-12 LP-Zabala 3-2
Su 5/20-1 at Milwaukee L 4-6 18-13 LP-Wilhelm 3-4.
*Su 5/20-2 at Milwaukee W 3-1 19-13 WP-Howell 2-1.
M 5/21 at Kansas City Blues W 10-5 20-13 WP-Martin 4-0.
Tu 5/22 at Kansas City L 4-7 20-14 LP-Zabala 3-3.
W 5/23 at Kansas City W 9-5 21-14 WP-Wilhelm 4-4.  Millers score 7 runs in the 8th inning.
Th 5/24 at Sioux City Soos (ex.) W 5-3 WP-Hugh Oser.  Exhibition game.  Mays called up by the New York Giants.
F 5/25 at Milwaukee L 6-9 21-15 LP-Zabala 3-4.  Millers blow 5-0 lead.
Sa 5/26 Kansas City W 10-3 22-15 WP-Wilhelm 5-4.
Su 5/27-1 Kansas City L 3-5 22-16 LP-Martin 4-1.
*Su 5/27-2 Kansas City W 6-3 23-16 WP-Howell 3-1.
M 5/28 Milwaukee L 11-16 23-17 LP-Oser 0-1.  Brewers hit 9 home runs: Jim Basso 2, Bob Montag 2, George Crowe 2, Billy Klaus, Bob Thorpe, Al Unser.  The 9 home runs break the league record of 8 set by Minneapolis July 4, 1940 (afternoon game).  Williams hits into 4 double plays for the Millers.
Tu 5/29 at St. Paul L 1-6 23-18 LP-Zabala 3-5.
W 5/30 a.m. St. Paul L 1-2 23-19 LP-Wilhelm 5-5.
W 5/30 p.m. at St. Paul L 2-6 23-20 LP-Barnhill 3-3.
Th 5/31 St. Paul, wet grounds Artie Wilison sent to the Millers via a Giants farm team in Ottawa.  Wilson had been shipped to Ottawa by the Giants when they called Mays up and then came to the Millers on loan  to fill in for injured shortstop Rudy Rufer.
F 6/1 St. Paul, rain The Minneapolis Tribune notes that, through the end of May, Mays was 1 for 21 for the Giants for a batting average of .0477.  Mays was hitting .477 with the Millers.
Sa 6/2 at St. Paul, rain
Su 6/3-1 St. Paul W 11-0 24-20 WP-Howell 4-1.  Wilson debuts for the Millers in the doubleheader.  Umpire Mike Bricese ejects St. Paul's Don Hoak and manager Clay Hopper after an argument over a pickoff play.
*Su 6/3-2 St. Paul W 4-1 25-20 WP-Wilhelm 6-5.  
M 6/4 at St. Paul W 8-3 26-20 WP-Fox 2-0.
Tu 6/5 at Indianapolis L 3-5 26-21 LP-Frank Fanovich 0-1.
W 6/6 at Indianapolis W 5-4 (10) 27-21 WP-Barnhill 4-3.
F 6/8 at Louisville W 5-3 28-21 WP-Wilhelm 7-5.
Sa 6/9 at Louisville L 1-7 28-22 LP-Fox 2-1.
Su 6/10-1 at Louisville L 4-5 28-23 LP-Howell 4-2.
*Su 6/10-2 at Louisville W 6-3 29-23 WP-Oser 1-1.
M 6/11 at Columbus L 1-7 29-24 LP-Fanovich 0-2.
Tu 6/12 at Columbus, rain
W 6/13 at Columbus L 3-4 29-25 LP-Wilhelm 7-6.
Th 6/14 at Columbus W 5-3 30-25 WP-Howell 5-2.
F 6/15 at Toledo L 1-4 30-26 WP-Zabala 3-6.
Sa 6/16 at Toledo W 3-2 31-26 WP-Oser 2-1.
Su 6/17-1 at Toledo L 6-8 31-27 LP-Fox 2-2.
*Su 6/17-2 at Toledo L 1-3 31-28 LP-Cox 2-1.
M 6/18 St. Paul L 4-8 31-29 WP-Wilhelm 7-7.
Tu 6/19 Indianapolis, rain
*W 6/20-1 Indianapolis L 11-13 31-30 LP-Howell 5-3.
W 6/20-2 Indianapolis L 3-7 31-31 LP-Zabala 3-7.  Between games of the doubleheader, Wilson is sent Oakland of the Pacific Coast League as Rufer is ready to play again.
Th 6/21 Indianapolis W 15-8 32-31 WP-Oser 3-1.
F 6/22 Indianapolis, rain
Sa 6/23 Louisville W 4-1 33-31 WP-Cox 3-1.
Su 6/24-1 Louisville L 1-4 33-32 LP-Howell 5-4.
*Su 6/24-2 Louisville L 5-8 33-33 LP-Wilhelm 7-8.
M 6/25 Toledo, rain
Tu 6/26 Toledo W 14-6 34-33 WP-Zabala 4-7.  Game features three brawls.
*W 6/27-1 Toledo W 5-3 35-33 WP-Fanovich 2-1.
W 6/27-2 Toledo, rain and wet grounds
*Th 6/28-1 Toledo L 3-7 35-34 LP-Howell 5-5.
Th 6/28-2 Toledo W 5-3 36-34 WP-Wilhelm 8-8.
F 6/29 Columbus W 19-2 37-34 WP-Fox 3-2.
Sa 6/30 Columbus W 8-6 38-34 WP-Fanovich 2-2.
Su 7/1-1 Columbus W 5-4 39-34 WP-Zabala 5-7.
*Su 7/1-2 Columbus L 6-9 39-35 LP-Howell 5-6.
M 7/2 at St. Paul L 2-3 39-36 LP-Wilhelm 8-9.
Tu 7/3 St. Paul W 9-3 40-36 WP-Fox 4-2.
W 7/4 a.m. at St. Paul L 3-8 40-37 LP-Barnhill 4-4.
W 7/4 p.m. St. Paul W 4-3 41-37 WP-Oser 4-1.
Tu 7/5 at Oshkosh Giants (ex.) W 14-1 WP-Fanovich.
F 7/6 at Milwaukee L 2-3 41-38 LP-Wilhelm 8-10.
Sa 7/7 at Milwaukee L 1-3 41-39 LP-Fox 4-3.
Su 7/8-1 at Kansas City W 4-2 42-39 LP-Zabala 6-7.
*Su 7/8-2 at Kansas City L 1-4 42-40 LP-Andy Tomasic 0-1.  Giants call up Dave Williams.
M 7/9 at Kansas City W 3-0 (6, rain) 43-40 WP-Oser 5-1.
Tu 7/10 at Kansas City, rain
W 7/11 Kansas City L 6-10 43-41 LP-Fanovich 2-3.  John "Doc" Blanchard is hitless in his return to Minneapolis.  Blanchard, one of the greatest athletes in the Minneapolis City Conference, just graduation from Central High School, signed with the New York Yankees, and was assigned to their farm team in Kansas City.
Th 7/12 Kansas City L 13-15 43-42 LP-Fanovich 2-4.  Blanchard, honored before the game by the American Legion, gets a single and a double for the Blues.
F 7/13 Milwaukee L 9-15 43-43 LP-Zabala 6-8.
Su 7/14 Milwaukee W 5-4 44-43 WP-Howell 6-6.
Su 7/15-1 Milwaukee W 8-7 45-43 WP-Zabala 7-8.
*Su 7/15-2 Milwaukee W 4-3 46-43 WP-Zabala 8-8.
M 7/16 at St. Paul L 3-4 46-44 LP-Oser 5-2.  Dandridge has appendectomy at Asbury Hospital in Minneapolis, misses possible chance to be called up by the Giants when Hank Thompson is injured.
Tu 7/17 at St. Paul L 3-11 46-45 LP-Howell 6-7.
W 7/18 at Kansas City W 7-5 47-45 WP-Wilhelm 9-10.  Mickey Mantle playing center field for Kansas City.
Th 7/19 at Kansas City W 8-7 48-45 WP-Zabala 9-8.  Mantle gets 2 hits for the Blues.  Gilbert homers and drives in 5 runs for the Millers.
F 7/20 at Milwaukee L 11-12 48-46 LP-Zabala 9-9.
Sa 7/21 at Milwaukee L 2-8 48-47 LP-Fox 4-4.
Su 7/22-1 at Milwaukee L 1-2 (10) 48-48 LP-Wilhelm 9-11.
*Su 7/22-2 at Milwaukee L 2-6 48-49 LP-Fanovich 2-5.
M 7/23 Toledo L 3-4 48-50 LP-Tomasix 0-2.
Tu 7/24 Toledo L 2-3 48-51 LP-Fanovich 2-6.
W 7/25 Toledo L 4-5 48-52 LP-Fanovich 2-7.
Th 7/26 Toledo W 7-6 (12) 49-52 WP-Barnhill 5-4.
*F 7/27-1 at Columbus W 4-2 50-52 WP-Howell 7-7.
F 7/27-2 at Columbus W 3-1 51-52 WP-Wilhelm 10-11.
Sa 7/28 at Columbus W 10-5 52-52 WP-Fox 5-4.
Su 7/29-1 at Columbus W 10-0 53-52 WP-Fanovich 3-7.
Su 7/29-2 at Columbus W 6-5 54-52 WP-Roger Bowman 1-0.
M 7/30 at Indianapolis L 1-4 54-53 LP-Tomasic 0-3.
Tu 7/31 at Indianapolis L 1-5 54-54 LP-Fanovich 3-8.
*W 8/1-1 at Indianapolis W 6-5 55-54 WP-Oser 6-2.
W 8/1-2 at Indianapolis W 6-4 56-54 WP-Fox 6-4.
Th 8/2 at Louisville W 9-7 57-54 WP-Zabala 10-9.
F 8/3 at Louisville L 3-4 57-55 LP-Fanovich 3-9.
Sa 8/4 at Louisville L 2-4 57-56 LP-Tomasic 0-4.
Su 8/5-1 at Louisville L 2-6 57-57 LP-Fox 6-5.
*Su 8/5-2 at Louisville L 0-2 57-58 LP-Wilhelm 10-12.
Tu 8/7 Columbus, rain
*W 8/8-1 Columbus W 9-1 58-58 WP-Bowman 2-0.
W 8/8-2 Columbus W 4-2 59-58 WP-Zabala 11-9.
Th 8/9 Columbus W 12-3 60-58 WP-Fanovich 4-9.  Rufer steals 42nd base of the season.
*F 8/10-1 Toledo W 7-6 61-58 WP-Zabala 12-9.
F 8/10-2 Toledo W 5-3 62-58 WP-Tomasic 1-4.
Sa 8/11 Toledo L 1-8 62-59 LP-Fox 6-6.
Su 8/12-1 Toledo L 4-5 62-60 LP-Bowman 2-1.
*Su 8/12-2 Toledo L 1-13 62-61 LP-Barnhill 5-5.  Hank Thompson, recovered from injury suffered while with the Giants in July, is optioned to the Millers.
Tu 8/14 Louisville W 8-7 63-61 WP-Fanovich 5-9.
W 8/15 Louisville, rain
*Th 8/16-1 Louisville W 6-3 64-61 WP-Bowman 3-1.
Th 8/16-2 Louisville W 10-7 65-61 WP-Tomasic 2-4.
F 8/17 Louisville W 4-3 66-61 WP-Fanovich 6-9.  Rufer steals 45th base and drives in winning run in the 9th.
Sa 8/18-1 Indianapolis W 9-8 67-61 WP-Oser 7-2.  Dandridge returns after appendectomy and pinch hits.
*Sa 8/18-2 Indianapolis L 4-10 67-62 LP-Howell 7-8.
Su 8/19-1 Indianapolis W 11-2 68-62 WP-Tomasic 3-4.
*Su 8/19-2 Indianapolis W 3-1 69-62 WP-Bowman 4-1.
Tu 8/21 Milwaukee W 3-2 (10) 70-62 WP-Zabala 13-9.
W 8/22 Milwaukee L 4-6 70-63 LP-Zabala 13-10.
Th 8/23 Milwaukee W 7-0 71-63 WP-Bowman 5-1.
F 8/24 Kansas City W 9-8 72-63 WP-Howell 8-8.  Howell wins in relief and hits 3-run homer.
Sa 8/25 Kansas City, rain
Su 8/26 at St. Paul W 10-6 73-63 WP-Barnhill 6-5.
M 8/27 St. Paul W 5-3 74-63 WP-Fanovich 7-9.
Tu 8/28 at St. Paul L 1-2 74-64 LP-Wilhelm 10-13.  Thompson recalled by the Giants.
*W 8/29-1 at Kansas City L 2-4 74-65 LP-Howell 8-9.
W 8/29-2 at Kansas City L 2-3 74-66 LP-Bowman 5-2.
Th 8/30 at Kansas City L 7-8 74-67 LP-Oser 7-3.
F 8/31 at Milwaukee L 0-17 74-68 LP-Fanovich 7-10.
Sa 9/1 at Milwaukee L 7-8 74-69 LP-Zabala 13-11.
Su 9/2 St. Paul L 0-2 74-70 LP-Wilhelm 10-14.
M 9/3 a.m. St. Paul L 6-7 74-71 LP-Zabala 13-12.
M 9/3 p.m. at St. Paul L 2-3 (10) 74-72 LP-Tomasic 3-5.
Tu 9/4 St. Paul L 4-8 74-73 LP-Fanovich 7-11.  10th straight loss.
W 9/5 Milwaukee, rain
*Th 9/6-1 Milwaukee W 3-2 75-73 WP-Howell 9-9.
Th 9/6-2 Milwaukee W 8-3 76-73 WP-Wilhelm 11-14.
*F 9/7-1 Kansas City L 1-3 76-74 LP-Bowman 5-3.
F 9/7-2 Kansas City W 11-9 77-74 WP-Zabala 14-12.
Sa 9/8 Kansas City L 5-11 74-75 LP-Fanovich 7-12.  Millers eliminated from the playoffs.  
Su 9/9-1 Kansas City, rain
*Su 9/9-2 Kansas City, rain
W L Manager
Milwaukee 94 57 Charley Grimm
St. Paul 85 66 Clay Hopper
Kansas City 81 70 George Selkirk
Louisville 80 73 Mike Higgins
Minneapolis 77 75 Tommy Heath
Toledo 70 82 Jack Tighe
Indianapolis 68 84 Don Gutteridge
Columbus 53 101 Harry Walker
Statistics
Player Games Batting Average Home Runs Runs Batted In Position
Willie Mays 35 .477 8 30 cf
Artie Wilson 17 .390 2 13 ss-2b-3b-of
Harv Gentry 10 .364 0 3 of
Hank Thompson 14 .340 7 13 lf
Ray Dandridge 107 .324 8 61 3b
Ray Katt 117 .308 11 57 c
Neill Sheridan 75 .306 9 50 of
Pete Milne 131 .300 9 68 of
Bobby Hofman 67 .290 10 45 2b
Dave Williams 80 .287 12 49 2b
Tookie Gilbert 145 .273 29 100 1b
Guilford “Gip” Dickens 50 .269 6 26 of-3b
Gail Henley 39 .260 5 18 rf
Johnny Kropf 116 .250 10 43 lf
Jake Early 37 .250 5 23 c
Johnny Lucadello* 74 .249 2 25 3b-2b
Rudy Rufer 137 .233 1 45 ss
Mike Natisin 53 .232 5 24 1b
Ed Sokol 22 .207 0 11 c
Bama Rowell 5 .200 0 1 3b
Roy Weatherly 32 .198 3 7 lf
Pitcher G IP W L ERA
Wally Cox 23 73 3 1 3.08
Roger Bowman 12 76 5 3 3.32
Hoyt Wilhelm 40 210 11 14 3.94
Adrian Zabala 49 177 14 12 3.97
Dave Barnhill 33 105 6 5 4.46
Andy Tomasic 21 88 3 5 4.91
Norm Fox 30 123 6 6 5.41
Frank Fanovich 26 114 7 12 5.53
Hugh Oser 25 92 7 3 5.58
Ed Wright 8 30 2 0 5.70
Barney Martin 17 39 4 1 5.77
Dixie Howell 29 137 9 9 6.50
Ike Pearson 4 5 0 1 9.00
Cy Buker 2 3 0 0 21.00
Les Klesitz 0 4
*Lucadello’s statistics include games played with Toledo in 1951.
Tookie Gilbert led the American Association with 29 home runs.  Rudy Rufer led the American Association with 54 stolen bases.