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Fargo-Moorhead Twins

The Fargo-Moorhead Twins were a minor league baseball team that existed from 1933 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1960. They played in the Northern League and were affiliated with the Cleveland Indians from 1934 to 1940 and from 1953 to 1957, the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1947 to 1948 and the New York Yankees from 1957 to 1958. They represented the cities of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota.[1] For the majority of their existence, they played their home games at Barnett Field in Fargo.[2] Prior to that, they played their home games at Moorhead Ballpark in Moorhead.[3]

Year-by-year record

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1933 30-75 8th Alvin Theis / Ralph Williams
1934 64-53 1st Jack Knight League Champs
1935 72-39 2nd Hal Irelan Lost League Finals
1936 59-61 5th Hal Irelan
1937 70-41 2nd Jack Knight Lost League Finals
1938 60-56 5th Jack Knight
1939 66-48 3rd Jack Knight / Chester Bujaci Lost in 1st round
1940 50-67 6th Chester Bujaci / Wes Griffin
1941 48-69 6th Wes Griffin / Mike Blazo
1942 54-68 7th Mike Blazo / Ben Tincup
1946 63-41 2nd Bruno Haas Lost League Finals
1947 70-49 3rd Bruno Haas Lost in 1st round
1948 41-85 8th Bruno Haas / Ralph DiLullo
1949 56-70 7th Art Doll
1950 49-77 8th Art Doll
1951 59-65 6th Emil Gall
1952 44-80 7th Nick Cullop / Bob Harmon / Danny Litwhiler
1953 86-39 1st Zeke Bonura / Santo Luberto League Champs
1954 85-55 1st Phil Seghi League Champs
1955 61-64 5th Phil Seghi / Paul O'Dea
1956 49-74 8th Tom Oliver
1957 65-57 4th Frank Tornay / Ken Blackman
1958 72-51 2nd Ken Silvestri League Champs
1959 64-59 3rd Dee Phillips Lost in 1st round
1960 58-66 6th John Fitzpatrick

1953 season

  • On May 6, 1953, the Fargo-Moorhead Twins defeated Sioux Falls in their Opening Day game by a score of 12-3. A record crowd of 10,123 fans came to Barnett Field. In the game, Roger Maris got his first professional baseball hit.[4] That season, Twins player Frank Gravino would hit 52 home runs.[5] The Twins would host the Northern League All-Star game and defeat the Northern League All-Stars by a score of 8-4.[6] The Twins finished with a record of 86-39 (improving from their record of 44-80 in 1952[7]) and bested Duluth to win the Northern League championship.[8] Roger Maris would be selected as the 1953 Northern League Rookie of the Year.[9]

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