The Original Joplin Miners
After early Joplin teams played in 1887 and 1891, the Miners began play in 1902 and were a consistent franchise for the next 50 years. The Miners played in the Western Association (1934–1954, 1922–1932, 1905–1911, 1914), the Western League (1917–21, 1933) and the Missouri Valley League (1902-04).
The Miners were long time affiliates of the New York Yankees (1946–1953; 1935–1942). They were also affiliates of the St. Louis Browns (1933), Boston Red Sox (1934) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1954).
The 1910 Miners finished 90-34 in the Wesetern Association, 22.5 games ahead on 2nd place Enid. They are listed at #66 on the Top 100 Teams by MiLB.com.
In April 1920, Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers played an exhibitiongame against the Miners in Joplin.
The team had some split seasons with other locales. The 1909 Miners also played in El Reno, Oklahoma as the El Reno Packers. The 1914 team played some games in Webb City, Missouri, Guthrie, Oklahoma as the Senators and Henryetta, Oklahoma as the Boosters. The 1932 team played in Hutchinson, Kansas, Independence, Missouri and Topeka, Kansas.
The 1952 Miners finished 87-52. The 1950 squad finished 90-46, with an 18-year-old Mickey Mantle hitting .383 with 199 hits, 30 doubles, 12 triples and 26 homers for the Miners.
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