Press box of Parade Stadium, Sep-2010.
A look at the field from beyond the right-field foul line.
- Location: The Parade, Kenwood Parkway west of Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Opened: 1908 (renovated Unknown)
- Home team: Minneapolis Millers, Great Central League (1994)
With the outrageous success of outdoor baseball in the Twin Cities as exemplified by the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League, a startup called the Great Central League put a team in Minneapolis, using the old Millers name that the American Association team used before the Twins moved to Bloomington from Washington. They settled on one of the oldest patches of parkland in the city, The Parade, which was commissioned in 1904 and long had something of a stadium around it: a regulation ball field with bleachers. The park is only about a mile from the Metrodome, which housed the Twins at the time.
The hastily-organized league lasted less than a full season, disbanding before the playoffs. The Millers, managed by George Scott, managed a 30-33 record, good for third place in the four-team loop, and reported drawing all of 3,000 fans during the year.
After this ill-fated sojourn into pro baseball, The Parade, which had already seen a football stadium torn down in 1990, reverted to its typical use by amateur teams in the Minneapolis area.
I was not able to get into Parade Stadium on my 2010 visit.
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