The Fargo-Moorhead Twins were a minor league baseball team that existed from 1933 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1960, representing the neighboring cities of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota. Earlier teams had also represented the cities. Baseball Hall of Fame members Dizzy Dean (1941) and Lloyd Waner (1947) are Fargo-Moorhead Twins alumni, as is 2x AL Most Valuable Player Roger Maris.
|Minor league affiliations|
|Previous classes||Independent (1897)|
Class C (1906)
Class D (1908, 1914–1917, 1922, 1933–1942, 1946–1960)
|Red River Valley League (1897)|
Northern-Copper Country League (1906)
Northern League (1908, 1914–1917)
Dakota League (1922)
Northern League (1933–1942, 1946–1960)
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||6 (1915, 1917, 1934, 1953, 1954, 1958)|
|Fargo Red Stockings (1897)|
Fargo Trolley Dodgers (1906)
Moorhead Barmaids (1897
Fargo Browns (1908)
Fargo-Moorhead Graingrowers (1914–1917)
Fargo Athletics (1922)
Fargo-Moorhead Twins (1933–1942, 1946–1960)
The Fargo-Moorhead Twins played in the Northern League from 1933–1942 and 1946–1960. The Twins were an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians (1934–1940, 1953–1957), Pittsburgh Pirates (1947–1948) and New York Yankees (1958–1960).
The preceding Fargo-Moorhead area teams, were the 1897 Red River Valley League members Fargo Red Stockings and Moorhead Barmaids, who were the first area minor league franchises. Fargo (1902–1905), the Fargo Trolley Dodgers (1906), Fargo Browns (1908) and Fargo-Moorehead Graingrowers (1914–1917) all played as members of the Northern League and the 1922 Fargo Athletics played in the 1922 Dakota League.
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. That season, Twins player Frank Gravino would hit 52 home runs. The Twins would host the Northern League All–Star game and defeat the Northern League All–Stars by a score of 8–4. The Twins finished with a record of 86-39 (improving from their record of 44-80 in 1952) and bested Duluth to win the Northern League championship. Roger Maris would be selected as the 1953 Northern League Rookie of the Year.
Fargo-Moorhead won Northern League Championships in 1915, 1917, 1934, 1953, 1954, 1958, claiming six overall titles.
From 1936 to 1960, the Fargo–Moorhead Twins played home minor league home games at Barnett Field.. It was located at 19th Avenue and Broadway, Fargo, North Dakota. The ballpark was torn down in 1963 to build Fargo North High School.
Baseball Hall of Fame alumniEdit
- Horace Clarke (1960)
- Mudcat Grant (1954) 2x MLB All-Star
- Steve Gromek (1940) MLB All-Star
- Danny Litwhiler (1952) MLB All-Star
- Ray Mack (1938) MLB All-Star
- Roger Maris (1953) 7x MLB All-Star; 2x AL Most Valuable Player (1960-1961)
- Pete Mikkelsen (1960)
- Joe Pepitone (1959) 3x MLB All-Star
- Jim Perry (1957) 3x MLB All-Star; 1970 AL Cy Young Award
- Dick Stigman (1954) 2x MLB All-Star
- Ron Taylor (1957)
- Ben Tincup (1942)
- Bob Unglaub (1914-1916)
- Bill Zuber (1934)
(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)
|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|
|1937||70-41||2nd||Jack Knight||Lost League Finals|
|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|
|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|
|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|
- https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Fargo-Moorhead_Twins Baseball Reference Bullpen
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