Youngblood: Cubs, White Sox used Twin Cities exhibitions to gear up for 1917 season

From Kent Youngblood at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on April 8, 2020, with mention of SABR member Stew Thornley:

For a Twin Cities sports fan in 1917, it was a weekend when big-time major league baseball came to our town(s).

In something of a Chicago invasion, both the White Sox and the Cubs came to Minnesota on April 7 for a weekend of exhibition baseball against the Minneapolis Millers and the St. Paul Saints.

“To get two major league teams?” said local baseball historian Stew Thornley. “This was a big deal.”

The White Sox were about to embark on a 100-win season that ended with a World Series victory over the New York Giants.

The Cubs were one year away from winning the 1918 National League pennant.

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Originally published: April 9, 2020. Last Updated: April 9, 2020.