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Metropolitan Stadium (2012-12)

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Ballpark Nostalgia Postcard

2012-12

METROPOLITAN STADIUM

Bloomington, Minnesota

American Association Minneapolis Millers Baseball Club (1956-1960), MLB Minnesota Twins (1961-1981), NFL Minnesota Vikings Football Team (1961-1981), and North American Soccer League (NASL) Kicks (1976-1981)

In the 1950s, major league owners Calvin Griffith and Horace Stoneham called the stadium the finest facility in the minors; Stoneham added that it was better than all but two major league stadiums of the time. Indeed, the Met's primary purpose was to attract a big-league team to the area. The NFL was also interested in placing a team at the Met. The Chicago Cardinals moved two of their home games against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles to Bloomington for the 1959 NFL season.

The Millers were then the top farm team of Stoneham's New York Giants, and there was some hope or expectation that the Giants might relocate there. Under major league rules of the time, the Giants had priority rights to a major league team in the Twin Cities. The Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators also seriously considered moving there. However, the Giants chose to follow the Brooklyn Dodgers to the west coast. San Francisco had long been home to the Pacific Coast League's San Francisco Seals, the top farm team of the Boston Red Sox. As part of the deal, the Millers' parent team then became the Red Sox. The Red Sox were certainly not planning to move anywhere. However, in 1961, another American League entry, the Washington Senators, did, to become the Minnesota Twins. The Millers and their perennial crosstown rival St. Paul Saints were then promptly folded by Major League Baseball. The Twins were joined that fall by an NFL expansion team, the Minnesota Vikings.

Unused (3 1/2" x 5 1/2") postcard from a photo from The Sporting News archives.

Produced by Vic Pallos, Glendale, CA

Very limited edition, only 6 postcards printed.

Produced as a hobby - not primarily for commercial sale.

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