Shipley: St. Paul Saints’ City of Baseball Museum brings local lore to life

From John Shipley at the St. Paul Pioneer-Press on May 9, 2019:

When Taylor Simons started collecting baseball memorabilia, his palette was limited.

“All I knew was the Twins,” he said.

That changed when the boy from Blaine started meeting Minnesota baseball enthusiasts who would wax poetic about the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints.


“I did some research and really started to understand the rich baseball history of this state,” Simons said.

Beyond Kirby Puckett and Harmon Killebrew, he discovered, was a treasure trove of Hall of Fame players and African American pioneers, heated local rivalries and some of the best minor league baseball the country had to offer. Simons was hooked and dove head first into trying to find as much Millers and Saints memorabilia as he could.

He found quite a bit, and now some of it is on display at the Baseball City Museum at CHS Field, a passion project for Saints owner Marv Goldklang and his son, Mike, who took the helm of the $2 million project that will officially open during the Saints’ season opener May 16.

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Originally published: May 10, 2019. Last Updated: May 10, 2019.