St. Joseph Saints

The Saint Joseph Saints was a primary name of the minor league baseball team that was based in St. Joseph, Missouri during various seasons between 1886 and 1953. Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Dizzy Dean and Earl Weaver played for St. Joseph teams.

St. Joseph Saints
St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Class C
  • Class D
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles 6 (1933-1935, 1940, 1947-1948)
Team data
NicknameSt. Joseph Saints
Previous names
Previous parks
Phil Welch Stadium


St. Joseph was a member of the Western Association (1889, 1893-1897, 1906, 1927, 1939-1941, 1946-1951, 1953-1954) and Western League (1886-1887, 1898, 1900-1905, 1910–1926, 1930-1935), They were an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals (1930, 1946-1951, 1953), the Chicago Cubs (1939-1940), St. Louis Browns (1941) and the New York Yankees (1954).[1][2]

They won six championships. They won three straight league championships, from 1933 to 1935 and again in 1940, 1947 and 1948. Their first came under manager Dutch Zwilling. Their second Wes Griffin and Earle Brucker, and their third under Earle Brucker. They won the fourth league championship in 1940 under Keith Frazier the last two under Robert Stanton and Harold Olt.[3][4]

In 1939, Dizzy Dean debuted his professional career with St. Joseph, going 17-8 in 32 games with a 3.69 ERA.

The 1941 team moved to Carthage, Missouri on June 3, 1941.[5]

The ballparkEdit

Later St. Joseph teams played at Phil Welch Stadium beginning in 1939. The stadium is still in use today had been home to the St. Joseph Mustangs, a collegiate summer baseball league team in the MINK League since 2009. The address is 2600 Southwest Parkway, St. Joseph, 64503.[6][7]

Notable St. Joseph alumniEdit

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "St. Joseph, Missouri Encyclopedia".
  2. ^ "St. Joseph, MO - BR Bullpen".
  3. ^ "St. Joseph Saints - BR Bullpen".
  4. ^ "St. Joseph Cardinals - BR Bullpen".
  5. ^ "St. Joseph Ponies - BR Bullpen".
  6. ^ "The Official Website of the St. Joseph Mustangs: History of Phil Welch".
  7. ^ "MINK Summer College Baseball League Teams".