Minnesota Spread of Baseball Project, 1857-1923
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City City Inc. YearCountyCounty Inc. YearFirst paperTeam/Club statusFirst Game home clubh scorevisiting clubv scoresource First PopPopulation High2010 PopulationFinderNotesPhotographs
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Aitkin 1857
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Anoka Anoka1857Anoka High SchoolSpring 1896AnokaChamplinCraig Torbenson's book via Jim Cox
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Anoka Anoka1857Anoka High School Fall 1900AnokaElk River High14-7Craig Torbenson's book via Jim Cox
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Detroit Lakes1871Becker1858 Detroit Lakes BBC July 4, 1872Detroit Weekly Record, June 22, 18721510 (1890) 8569 (2010) 8569Rich announces a game on the Fourth with the Glyndon picked nine; no verification if game was played.
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Bemidji 1896Beltrami18661896Bemidji BBC amateur July 4, 1901Case Lake 9Bemidji 2Bemidji Weekly Pioneer, July 11, 19012183 (1900) 13341 (2010) 13431Richissues prior to 1901 need to be checked; earlier game likely
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Benton 1849
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Big Stone 1862
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Mankato 1852Blue Earth 1853Frontier BBCJune 3, 1867First Nine 65Picked Nine 27Mankato Weekly Record, June 8, 1867Joel Rippel first intersquad game found
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Mankato 1852Blue Earth 1853Frontier BBCJuly 10, 1867Frontier14North Star BBC of St. Paul 57Mankato Union, July 12, 18673482 (1870) 39309 (2010) 39309Richplatted in 1852; city in 1858; first game with another club.
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Golden Gate1854Brown 1855Shoo Flys BBC July 15, 1871Shoo Flys 21Gophers 15New Ulm Plaindealer, July 21, 1871635 (1860) 13,755 (1980)13522Rich Game for the championship of Brown County; played at Golden Gate, 15 miles from New Ulm.
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Carlton 1857
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Carver Carver 18551889Carver amateur June 16, 1889Carver14Belle Plaine Red Caps11Melchior 1 (see Belle Plaine), pg 374259 (2014)3724Jim Cox
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Waconia Carver 1855amateur July 10, 1898Waconia17Belle Plaine11Melchior 1, pg 5311,964 (2016)10,697Jim CoxMelchior 1 omits Waconia & B.P. team names, further says B.P. team only known as second nine or Reds that year
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BrainerdCass 1851Cass Lake BBCApril 26, 1878 Brainerd Tribune...club organized
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Cass Lake 1898Cass 1851Cass Lake BBCamateur July 4, 1901Cass Lake 9Bemidji 2Bemidji Weekly Pioneer, July 11, 1901546 (1900) 2109 (1920) 770Richseven inning game.
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Chippewa1870
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Chisago1851
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Taylors Falls1858Chisago1851Taylors Falls Reporter, April 7, 18661007 (1880)1007 (1880)976Anders KoskinenNewspaper put out a call for someone to step up and form a baseball club, as the town "has all the material that could be required in such an organization."
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Moorhead 1871Clay 1862May 1, 1874Winnipeg Free Press, July 20, 18741500 (1880) 38065 (2010) 38065Bruce Allardiceplatted in 1871. The Winnipeg paper of July 20, 1874, states "The Garry BBC will wipe out the baseball clubs of Moorhead and other diverse places" leading to the conclusion that there was a bb team in Moorhead in 1874.
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GlyndonClay 1862July 4,1872
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Clearwater 1902
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Grand Marais Cook 1874June 7,1891nativesdredge crewtieGrand Marais Pioneer, June 13, 1891355 (1910) 1353 (2000) 1351Rich Arpilisted as a tie; but no score given. Both teams were picked nines and it is unclear if natives means native americans or not.
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Mountain Lake Cottonwood1857Lone Star BBC July 4, 1872Windom 29Mountain Lake 31Windom Reporter, June 27, 1872323 (1890) 2277 (1980) 2104Joel Rippel Organization of this club noted in the Windom paper on date listed; game in Jackson on July 4th proposed. ....actually played in Windom
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Windom 1871Cottonwood 1857Windom BBCJuly 4, 1872Windom29Mountain Lake 31Windom Reporter, July 11, 1872443 (1880) 4666 (1980) 4646Joel Rippelplatted in 1871; inc. as village in 1875
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Brainerd1873Crow Wing18571872Cass BBCteam organizatioin announced on this dateApril 26, 1873Brainerd Tribune, April 26, 18735703 (1890) 13590 (2010) 13590RichApril 19 and May 10 issues also have baseball news
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NiningerDakota1849Nininger BBCamateurAugust 8, 1857Emigrant Aid Journal, Club formed on August 3, 1857
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Hastings 1857Dakota 1849Vermillion BBCJuly 1, 1865Vermillion BBC21North Stars 55St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 7, 1865 1642 (1860) 22172 (2010) 22172Richthese two clubs also played a game in St. Paul on September 20, 1865 which the North Stars won 49-16.
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Dodge Center 1867Dodge 1855Dodge Center Press 1874Dodge Center First NineAmateur June 23, 1877Dodge Center First Nine27Dodge Center Second Nine18Dodge Center Press June 29, 18774002,670Brenda Himrich
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Alexandria Douglas1858Sooner BBC June 17, 1871 team to be organized,,formed about May 1st
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Osakis1857Douglas1858July 21, 1877Alexandria Indepedents 30Sauk Centre Clippers 25Sauk Centre Herald, July 28, 1877918 (1900) 1740 (2010) 1740Stew Thornley apparently first game played in Osakis
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Blue Earth Faribault 1855Blue Earth BBCamateur September 4, 1867Blue Earth 67Mankato 62Wiinebago Free Homestead, September 4, 18671066 (1880) 4200 (1960) 3353Joel Rippel game probably played the week previous to September 4, 1867.
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Chatfield1853Fillmore, and Olmsted1853, 1856Chatfield Democrat, March 16, 18611166 (1880)2779 (2010)2779 (2010)Anders KoskinenNewspaper mentions that part of the excitment of a new spring is boys out playing base ball in the street
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Freeborn 1855
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Cherry GroveGoodhue1853Cherry Grove BBCamateurApril 10, 1868....club has been reorganized this spring
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Lake CityGoodhue1853
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Red WingGoodhue1853Crescent BBCAugust 17, 1866August 17, 1866 club has been operating several monthsBruce Allardice
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Red WingGoodhue1853Crescent BBCJune 21, 1867Crescents34North Star BBC of St. Paul 52Goodhue County Republican, June 28, 1867 1250 (1860) 16459 (2010) 16459RichGoodhue County Republican of August 17, 1866 states the Red Wing BBC meets regularly on Tuesdays for practice.
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Grant 1868
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MinneapolisHennepin 1852Minneapolis BBCamateur Minneapolis St. Paul May 25, 1867 Minneapolis Tribune
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Minneapolis BBC amateur July 18, 1868Minneapolis 22University Club39Minneapolis Tribune, July 19, 1868Rich ArpiJuly 21st issue of the paper gives the correct score as 39-22 in favor of the University Club. The July 19th paper had the score reversed.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Union BBC amateur August 10, 1868Unions 42Clipper BBC of St. Anthony17Minneapolis Tribune, August 11, 1868Rich Arpia return match on August 19th was also won by the Unions, 76 to 48.
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St. Anthony Hennepin 1852Clipper BBCamateur May 22, 1869Clippers 48Minneapolis Unions 47Minneapolis Daily Tribune, May 23, 1869Rich Arpi
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St. Anthony Hennepin 1852University BBC amateur July 5, 1869St. Paul Saxons 14University BBC19Minneapolis Daily Tribune, July 7, 1869Rich ArpiAt least one other game played between these two clubs; on July 15th with the University BBC victorious 25-17
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St. Anthony Hennepin 1852University BBC amateur May 13, 1870Union BBC26University BBC56Minneapolis Daily Tribune, May 14, 1870Rich ArpiSt. Anthony merged with Minneapolis in 1872
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852University of Minnesota College April 10, 1915Gophers 14Alumni0U of Mn Baseball Media GuideRich Arpi Gophers finished with a 13-6 record; coach was Frosty Thomas.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852University of Minnesota College April 15, 1922Gophers 11St. Olaf 2U of Mn Baseball Media Guide Rich Arpi Gophers finished 6-11; coaches Bee Lawler and Russell Ford
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852University of Minnesota College April 18, 1923Hamline 9Gophers 5U of Mn Baseball Media Guide Rich Arpi Gophers finished with a 4-11 record; Coach was Lee Watrous, Jr.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Unions BBC African-American clubAugust 30, 1876Unions 37St. Paul Blue Stars 28Minneapolis Tribune, August 31, 1876Steve Hoffbeckfirst known game between two Afro-American squads in the Twin Cities. They played another game on September 20 with St. Paul leading 27-0 after three innings.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Colored Independent Club African-American club May 1, 1907Todd Peterson see book by Todd Peterson, Early Black Baseball in Minnesota, McFarland Publishers, 2010.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Minneapolis KeystonesAfrican-American professional team May 14, 1910KC Giants 6Keystones 5Todd Peterson
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Minneapolis KeystonesAfrican-American professional team May 6, 1911West Baden Sprudels 13Keystones 1Todd Peterson
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Hennepin Clothing Company African-American club May 1, 1912Todd Peterson see book by Todd Peterson, Early Black Baseball in Minnesota, McFarland Publishers, 2010.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Colored Giants African-American club May 1, 1914Todd Peterson see book by Todd Peterson, Early Black Baseball in Minnesota, McFarland Publishers, 2010.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Colored Gophers African-American club May 1, 1914Todd Peterson see book by Todd Peterson, Early Black Baseball in Minnesota, McFarland Publishers, 2010.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Keystone Colored Giants African-American clubMay 1, 1921Todd Peterson See book by Todd Peterson, Early Black Baseball in Minnesota, McFarland Publishers, 2010.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Askin & MarinesAfrican-American Club May 1, 1921Todd Peterson See book by Todd Peterson, Early Black Baseball in Minnesota, McFarland Publishers, 2010.
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Minneapolis Hennepin 1852Minneapolis Browns African-American club May 1, 1923Todd Peterson See book by Todd Peterson, Early Black Baseball in Minnesota, McFarland Publishers, 2010.
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Minnneapolis Hennepin 1852Minneapolis KeystonesAfrican-American professional team April 20, 1910Minneapolis South High 10Keystones 4Todd Peterson
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Mound Prairie1860Houston 1854Mound Prairie NineamareurJuly 4, 1890Mound Prarie30or22 Caledonia Nine8or12Caledonia Argus, July 5, 1890 610Brenda HimrichThere were two accounts of the same game which ended in the Fourth inning due to an argument over how many outs their were. Game was forfeited by Caledonia to Mound Prairie.
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Hubbard 1883
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BrahamIsanti 1857Braham BBCamateurJuly 12, 1903Braham13Mora2Kanabec County Times, July 17, 1903406 (1910)1793 (2010)1793RichPart of city in Isanti County part in Kanabec County
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Grand Rapids 1891Itasca1849LaPrairie BBC amateurJune 24, 1891La Prairie14Cloquet 25Grand Rapids Magnet, June 28, 1891 1428 (1900) 10869 (2010) 10869RichLaPrairie was small community south of Grand Rapids that doesn't exist anymore.
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Jackson Jackson 1857Pioneer BBC amateurJuly 4, 1870Pioneers 18Blizzard BBC of Estherville, Iowa42Jackson Republic, July 9, 1870501 (1880) 3797 (1980) 3299Joel Rippel
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Kanabec 1858
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Kandiyohi 1858
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Kittson 1879
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Koochiching1906
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Lac Qui Parle1871
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Two Harbors 1888Lake 1856Two Harbors BBCpickup game for a $ 30.00 purse July 4, 1891Side 130Side 2 9Two Harbors Iron Port, July 9, 18911224 (1890) 4990 (1910) 3745Richsettlement began in 1850s with Burlington and Agate Bay which later merged to form Two Harbors
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Lake of Woods1923
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Le CenterLe Sueur1853Le Sueur CenterJune 6, 1897Le Sueur Center10Belle Plaine Invincibles8Melchior 1 (see Belle Plaine, pg 532499Jim CoxMelchior 1 refers to team as from Le Sueur Center re this game, later on same page refers to another game with team from Le Sueur - "Le Sueur Center" may be a mistake; also omits team name twice on same page; the June 6 game ended after 2 innings, as Le Sueur resigned
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Montgomery
Le Sueur1853Montgomery AlertsamateurSeptember 11, 1887Belle Plaine Red Caps23Montgomery19Melchior 1 (see City of Belle Plaine below), pg 32, 413012 (2018)2956Jim CoxMelchior 1 provides team name on pg 41 by quoting June 10, 1891 article by Montgomery Messenger re B.P. vs. Montgomery game of June 7, 1891
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Lincoln 1873
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Marshall 1872Lyon 18711873Marshall BBC July 4, 1874Marshall 42Saratoga BBC52Marshall Prairie Schooner, July 9, 1874961 (1890) 13680 (2010) 13680Rich
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Mahnomen 1906
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Marshall 1879
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FairmontMartin 1857Gopher BBCamateurAugust 1, 1870Pioneer BBC of Jackson38Gophers 29Martin County Review, September 3, 1870699 (1870) 11506 (1980) 10666Joel Rippel game played previous to September 3, 1870....need to confirm date....just a guess
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McLeod1856
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Litchfield Meeker1856Lake Ripley ZephyrsamateurJuly 4, 1872Hutchinson?Litchfield?Litchfield Ledger, July 9, 1872353 (1870) 6726 (2010) 6726RichHassan Valley Cherubs won the Game
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Princeton 1877Mille Lacs 18571873Red Belt BBC amateurJuly 4, 1876Red Belts38Santiago Aetnas29Princeton Appeal, July 7, 18764698 (2010) 4698Rich Arpi
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Morrison1856
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Austin 1856Mower18551858Austin BBC amateur June 3, 1870First Nine 53Second Nine48Mower County Register, June 9, 1870200 (1860) 27908 (1960) 24718Rich Arpi
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Murray 1857
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St. Peter 1854Nicollet 1853St. Peter BBCMay 8, 1868intersquad gameSt. Peter Tribune, May 6, 18682124 (1870) 11196 (2010) 11196RichPaper on May 6th announces a game for the club on May 8th. St. Peter was platted in 1854.
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Worthington 1871Nobles 1857April 1, 1874boys playing in the park
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Worthington 1871Nobles 18571874Picked Nine vs. Picked Nine July 4, 1874Side 1Side 2 Worthington Western Advocate, June 27, 1874 636 (1880) 12764 (2010) 12764Joel Rippelannouncement of game to be played on July 4th; needs verification that game was played,
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Ada 1884Norman 18811885Ada Reds BBCamateurJuly 3, 1885Valley City 6Ada Reds 5Puhler's Red River Valley Journal, July 10, 18851253 (1900) 2121 (1950) 1707Rich ArpiGame played in Valley City, Dakota Territory.
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Rochester 1854Olmsted1856Gopher State BBCJune 5, 1867Gopher State 39Rochesters 22Rochester Post, June 8, 18671424 (1860) 106769 (2010) 106769Richseveral challenges between these two clubs in month previous; both clubs may have organized prior to May 1867.
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Rochester 1854Olmsted 1856Gopher State BBCAmateurJuly 11, 1870Minneapolis Unions42Gopher State 29Minneapolis Tribune, July 13, 1870Rich Arpi
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Fergus Fallslate 1870sOtter Tail18581871North Star BBC amateurJune 11, 1873North Stars 60Big Fellas 54Fergus Falls Advocate, May 28, June 18, 18731635 (1880) 13,733 (1960) 13138Steve HoffbeckAn Afro-American, Prince Honeycutt, was a member of the North Star club and subsequent Fergus Falls teams.
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Thief River Falls 1887Pennington 1910Thief River Falls BBCamateurMay 27, 1894Thief River3Ogahmah Hotel 1Thief River Falls News, May 31, 18941819 (1900) 9105 (1980) 8573Richtownsite est. 1887; town incorporated in 1896
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Hinckley1907Pine 1856HinckleyamateurJune 1, 1890Hinckley32Mission Creek26Pine County Pioneer, June 6, 1890618 (1890)1,800RichFire on September 1, 1894 killed over 400 people
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Pipestone 1891Pipestone 18571879Pipestone Indian School (PIS)amateurJune 24, 1893Flandreau, SD12PIS15Pipestone County Star, June 24, 1893; MNOpedia July 28, 2017? (1862)4317 (2010)4317JimPIS founded 2/91, 1st classes 2/2/93, team founded Spring, '93; 3-game series 6/24 - 30/93
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Polk1858
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Pope 1862
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St. Paul 1854Ramsey1849Upper Town BBCAugust 15, 1859Upper Town BBC51Lower Town BBC25St. Paul Daily Minnesotan, August 17, 1859Rich
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St. Paul 1854Ramsey 1849Olympic BBCamateur May 28, 1859First nine 27Second nine16St. Paul Daily News, June 1, 1859 10,401 (1860) 313411 (1960) 285068RichOlympic BBC was organized in December 1858.
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St. Paul 1854Ramsey 1849Central BBCSeptember 7, 1859St. Paul Daily Minnesotan, September 7,13, 22, 1859Richorganization data and meeting notices for this team
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St. Paul 1854Ramsey 1849North Star BBCMay 18, 1865North Stars 38Excelsior Club of Fort Snelling14St. Paul Press, May 19, 1865 Rich Also played a game on May 13, 1865 at Lake Phalen against the Davis and Webb team. Club existed from 1865-1869
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