MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will honor their home city’s previous professional team with a special turn-back-the-clock game this summer.

The Twins announced their slate of giveaways and promotions on Monday.

When they host the Kansas City Royals at Target Field on Saturday night, June 30, the Twins will wear uniforms of the 1951 Minneapolis Millers, the Triple-A team that played at Nicollet Park on the city’s south side. Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays played on that 1951 team as a 20-year-old before being called up to the majors by the New York Giants, who later moved to San Francisco.

The Royals will wear uniforms of the Kansas City Blues, who played in the American Association with the Millers for decades before the city gained a Major League Baseball franchise.

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Comments (4)
  1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    Somewhere I have a photo showing Fidel Castro standing with a group of the Millers in uniform. Does anybody know the story behind that?

    (No rants or snide remarks please.)

  2. jack says:

    The millers played the minor league cuba team for the Triple AAA world Series in i believe 59

  3. j speedbag 64 says:

    the twins should be playing in triple AAA in 2012……….

  4. barry from St. Paul says:

    The Royals never draw crowds. Typical trick to get 18 more fans into seats here. Wish Mays could’ve appeared as a former Miller, that’d be noteworthy…

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