Sports in Minnesota


Sports in Minnesota

Sports in Minnesota include professional teams in all major sports, Olympic Games contenders and medalists, especially in the Winter Olympics, collegiate teams in major and small-school conferences and associations, and active amateur teams and individual sports. The State of Minnesota has a team in all four major professional leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL), and the University of Minnesota is part of the oldest major college conference still running (the Big Ten).

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Professional Sports

Baseball

Twins catcher Joe Mauer at bat, Metrodome

The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team that moved to Minnesota in 1961 from Washington D.C.,[1] where they were known as the Washington Senators. The Twins played their home games at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington from 1961–1981 and the Metrodome in Minneapolis from 1982–2009, then moved to Target Field in 2010. They have been to the World Series in 1965, 1987, and 1991, winning in 1987 and 1991. In 2001, the Twins and the Montreal Expos were threatened with extinction in a contraction scheme of the Commissioner of Baseball.[2] That effort was unsuccessful, and the next year the team made it to the ALCS. Notable current and former Twins include Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, Paul Molitor, Johan Santana, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter, Joe Nathan, David Ortiz, and Kent Hrbek. At one time, there was a Major League Baseball team based out of Saint Paul called the Saints, the team has since moved to Chicago, Illinois and are now the Chicago White Sox.

The current St. Paul Saints are an American Association team. The team was formerly of the Northern League. The team was founded in 1993 as an inaugural team in the league. They won the Northern League Championship in 1993, 1995, 1996, and in 2004.[3] Notable current and former players include Kevin Millar, Darryl Strawberry, Jason Varitek, Jack Morris, and Ila Borders. The Saints play their home games at Midway Stadium in St. Paul and are not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

below for information on amateur and other minor league teams.

Basketball

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team founded in 1989[4] and play their home games at Target Center in Minneapolis. The "Wolves", as they are called by fans, have yet to appear in an NBA Finals series but made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2004. In 2000, NBA officials ruled that the Wolves violated league rules when signing then free agent Joe Smith. They then declared the contract was henceforth invalid, fined the organization $3.5 million, and took the team's next 3 first round draft picks.[5] Notable current and former players include Kevin Love, Sam Cassell, Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, Latrell Sprewell, Wally Szczerbiak and Malik Sealy.

The Minnesota Lynx are a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team founded in 1999 and play their home games at Target Center in Minneapolis. The Lynx have won one WNBA Championship, doing so during the 2011 season. In 2005, the Lynx drafted Seimone Augustus from LSU. She has become the center of the franchise, and has been the center of many WNBA ads.

The Minneapolis Lakers were an NBA team that was moved from Detroit, Michigan to Minneapolis in 1947.[6] During their stay in Minneapolis, the Lakers won the 1947–48 National Basketball League (NBL) championship, then joined 4 other NBL teams in joining the Basketball Association of America (BAA), where they won the 1948–49 BAA championship. After the 1948–49 season, the NBL and the BAA merged to become the NBA. The Lakers then won 5 championships in 6 years, winning in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, and 1954.[7] They are considered to be the NBA's first "Dynasty". Notable players include George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen, Slater Martin, Clyde Lovellette and Elgin Baylor. In 1960, the Lakers moved to Los Angeles, California, where they became the Los Angeles Lakers.

Football

The Minnesota Vikings are a National Football League (NFL) team founded as an expansion team in 1961. They have played their home games at the Metrodome in Minneapolis since 1982. The Vikings have won one NFL Championship in 1969, a year before the AFL-NFL Merger. The Vikings were the first team to appear in four Super Bowls, but also lost all of them. Their last appearance in the Super Bowl was Super Bowl XI against the Oakland Raiders (who were coached by Austin native and TV commentator John Madden) in 1977. Notable current and former players include Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Mick Tingelhoff, Paul Krause, Cris Carter, Carl Eller, Fran Tarkenton, Chuck Foreman, Randy Moss, Daunte Culpepper, Darren Sharper, Jim Kleinsasser, Brad Johnson, Alan Page, the Purple People Eaters, Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre. Before the Vikings, Minnesota also hosted the Minneapolis Marines/Red Jackets and the Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos.

The Minnesota Vixen are a Women's Professional Football League founded in 1998. They have not appeared in the WPFL Championship. They are the oldest professional women's football team in the United States.

The Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos were professional football teams in Duluth in the 1920s. Three players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The teams played at Athletic Park. Though the National Football League official history does not recognize it, it can be argued that the Duluth Eskimos still exist today as the Washington Redskins.

Hockey

The Minnesota Wild are a National Hockey League (NHL) team founded in 2000 and play their home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Wild have not appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals. With their first draft pick in franchise history, the Wild Drafted Marian Gaborik, a player that currently holds the team's record for most points in a season.[8] The Wild made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2003, before being swept by the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

The Minnesota Whitecaps are an all women's team that plays in the Western Women's Hockey League.

The Minnesota North Stars were an NHL team that was part of the 1967 NHL Expansion and played their home games at Met Center in Bloomington. They appeared in the 1981 and 1991 Stanley Cup Finals, but did not win either one of them. In 1993, the North Stars moved to Dallas, where they became the Dallas Stars. Notable players include Harry Howell, John Mariucci, Gump Worsley, and Mike Modano.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Eveleth, on the Iron Range.

Soccer

The NSC Minnesota Stars were founded in 2010 as a replacement for the Minnesota Thunder, which folded after the 2009 season. The Stars originally planned to play in a new incarnation of the North American Soccer League, but due to conflicts between the NASL and the United Soccer Leagues, the NASL did not launch. The United States Soccer Federation stepped in and sanctioned a temporary league for the 2010 season, the USSF Division 2 Professional League, featuring teams from both organizations. The Stars are playing the 2010 season in USSF 2 and play their home games at the National Sports Center in Blaine, where the Thunder previously played.

The Thunder were a USL First Division team founded in 1992 as an amateur men's team, then joined the USL in 1994, and won the championship of what was then the A-League in 1999. [9] Notable former players include Tony Sanneh and Manuel Lagos.

The Minnesota Lightning are a W-League team founded in 2006. They also play at the National Sports Center.

Lacrosse

The Minnesota Swarm is the state's professional lacrosse team. All home games for the Minnesota Swarm are played at the Xcel Energy Center. The National Lacrosse League (NLL) awarded St. Paul the inactive Montreal Express franchise on August 10, 2004. On December 10 of the same year the team played its first exhibition game against the Colorado Mammoth. In the 2005 season the Swarm missed the playoffs, finishing fifth in the eastern division. In the 2006 season, it qualified for the playoffs for the first time, but was eliminated by the Buffalo Bandits in the first round. In 2008, the swarm finished the season as the best team in their division.

Golf

Minnesota plays host to several professional golf events. The Champions Tour has an annual stop in Minnesota. What was formerly was the Burnett Senior Classic played at Bunker Hills is now the 3M Championship played at TPC Twin Cities. Minnesota was the host of the LPGA Classic from 1990–1998 at Edinburgh USA. The Nationwide Tour stops annually at Tom Lehman's Somerby Golf Club and Community. Though Minnesota is not a stop on the men's PGA tour, the state has hosted several major events. The U.S. Open has been played in the state four times, twice at Hazeltine National Golf Club, in 1970 and 1991, once at Interlachen Country Club (1930) in Bobby Jones' historic win, and once at The Minikahda Club (1916). Hazeltine then played host to the PGA Championship in 2002 and 2009. The Ryder Cup will then visit Hazeltine in 2016. Interlachen Country Club hosted the Solheim Cup in 2002 and the U.S. Women's Open in 2008.

Disc Golf

Disc golf courses in the Twin Cities play host to the Minnesota Majestic on the third weekend every June.[10] It is part of the Professional Disc Golf Association's National Tour, the top level of pro/am disc golf events in America.[11] The tournament has frequented Kaposia Park, Blue Ribbon Pines and Hyland Ski Area, among other courses. The 2010 Minnesota Majestic was the 23rd annual.

Table of professional teams

Club Sport League Home Venue Championships
Minnesota Twins Baseball Major League BaseballAL (Central Division) Target Field World Series: 1987, 1991
Minnesota Vikings American football National Football LeagueNFC (North Division) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome NFL Championship: 1969
Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball National Basketball AssociationWestern (Northwest Division) Target Center
Minnesota Wild Ice hockey National Hockey LeagueWestern (Northwest Division) Xcel Energy Center
Minnesota Swarm Indoor lacrosse National Lacrosse League – Western Division Xcel Energy Center
Minnesota Lynx Basketball Women's National Basketball Association – Western Conference Target Center WNBA Championship: 2011
Minnesota Vixen Women's American football Independent Women's Football League – Tier II Western (Midwest Division Burnsville High School
Minnesota Machine Women's American football Women's Football Alliance – American (Midwest Division) Minnetonka High School
Minnesota Lady Slippers Women's American football Women's Spring Football League – Mid-States Division Edison High School
St. Paul Saints Baseball American Association – North Division Midway Stadium Northern League Championship: 1993, 1995, 1996, 2004
Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks Baseball Northern League – West Division Newman Outdoor Field Northern League Championship: 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009
NSC Minnesota Stars Soccer USSF Division 2 Professional LeagueUSL Conference National Sports Center NASL Championship: 2011
Minnesota Lightning Soccer W-League – Central Conference University of Minnesota's Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Minnesota Ripknees (defunct) Basketball American Basketball Association Gangelhoff Center
Minneapolis Marines/Red Jackets (defunct) Football National Football League Nicollet Park
Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos (defunct) Football National Football League Athletic Park
Minnesota Thunder (defunct) Soccer USL First Division National Sports Center 1999
Minnesota Monarchs (defunct) Volleyball Augsburg College
Minnesota Fighting Pike (defunct) Arena football Arena Football League Target Center
Minneapolis Lakers (moved to Los Angeles and are now the Los Angeles Lakers) Basketball National Basketball Association/Basketball Association of America Minneapolis Auditorium/Minneapolis Armory 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954
Minnesota North Stars (moved to Dallas and are now the Dallas Stars) Ice hockey National Hockey League Met Center
Minnesota Moose (moved to Winnipeg and are now the Manitoba Moose) Ice hockey International Hockey League St. Paul Civic Center

Motorsports

NASCAR

There are currently two racetracks in Minnesota that hold NASCAR sanctioned events. Elko Speedway in Elko is a 3/8 mile paved oval, which has held NASCAR events for over twenty years. Raceway Park (Minnesota) in Shakopee is a 1/4 mile paved oval. NASCAR drivers from Minnesota include:

  • Joe Frasson-Ran several races in 1970s, best career finish is third (three times)
  • Mike Garvey- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver
  • Jerick Johnson- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver
  • Brent Sherman-Ran six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2006
  • Blackie Wangerin-Best career finish was 13th[12]

NHRA

Milton in his car at Daytona Beach Road Course in 1920

Minnesota is known for being the home of the Brainerd International Raceway, which opened in 1963. It has hosted drag racing, road racing, and kart racing.[13] NHRA drivers from Minnesota include:

Open Wheel

Perhaps the most successful driver from Minnesota is Tommy Milton. Milton became the first driver to win two Indianapolis 500s with his wins in 1921 and 1923. Amazingly, Milton was completely blind in his right eye.[14] In 2007 Rochester's Leilani Munter became the fourth woman in history to compete in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar.

The aforementioned Brainerd International Raceway also hosts a 3-mile road course, which held a USAC race in 1969 among other events.

Rally

Rally America, based out of Golden Valley, holds an annual event in the woodlands near Bemidji. Known as the Ojibwe Forests Rally, the event is held near the end of August each year. Rally America also holds events in Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Colorado. X-Games superstar, Travis Pastrana, is a regular in the series.

World of Outlaws

There is a yearly World of Outlaws (WoO) sprint car event held at Princeton Raceway. Known as the PolyDome Princeton Nationals, the event is most likely held at the track due to WoO driver, Craig Dollansky, being from nearby Elk River. The 1/4 mile track leads to some exciting, action-packed racing.

College

The state of Minnesota has 27 schools competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Minnesota is one of eleven US states that do not have a school listed as an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member,[15] though there are schools transitioning from the NAIA to the NCAA.

Division I

runners nearly colliding as they round a bend, as observers look on
Minnesota state Cross-country meet

The Minnesota Golden Gophers compete in NCAA Division I as member of the Big Ten Conference for all sports but hockey. In the latter sport the school is a member of the NCAA's Division I Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Golden Gophers have won 24 total national collegiate championships, including 6 in football, 5 in men's hockey, 3 in baseball, 3 in women's hockey, 2 in men's basketball, 1 in men's golf, 1 in men's track and field, and 3 in men's wrestling.[16] The entire list of collegiate national championships can be found here. The Golden Gophers have also won 178 conference titles. A list of notable former Golden Gophers can be found at Minnesota Golden Gophers#Notable Gopher athletes and coaches.

Four other universities in Minnesota maintain NCAA Division I ice hockey programs, and all five field both men's and women's teams. The other four Division I schools (for ice hockey only) are Bemidji State University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and St. Cloud State University. All five schools participate in the WCHA. Duluth has produced five Division I championships in women's ice hockey and one Division I championship in men's ice hockey.

Division II

The NCAA Division II teams in Minnesota are from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). There are 9 Division II classified schools for the 2007–2008 year.

The NSIC was founded in 1932 and joined the NCAA in 1992.[17] Teams competing in the NSIC are:[18]

Bemidji State, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State, Mankato and St. Cloud State notably competes in Division I in men's and women's hockey, as members of the WCHA. Bemidji State University has won five NCAA Division II titles. Minnesota State, Mankato has produced three NCAA Division II titles, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth has produced two Division II titles in football. Winona State has won two NCAA Division II titles. Concordia, St. Paul has won four NCAA Division II title in Volleyball. UM-Crookston, MSU-Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State and St. Cloud State have not won any NCAA team titles.[19]

Division III

The NCAA Division III teams in Minnesota play in one of two leagues, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) or the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC).

Teams competing in the MIAC:[20]

The MIAC was founded in 1920.[21] Conference schools have won 30 total NCAA titles.[19] Among those titles are Augsburg's nine wrestling titles, and St. Thomas' eleven total titles.

Teams competing in the UMAC:[22]

The UMAC was founded in 1972.[23] The conference became an active NCAA Division III conference July 1, 2008. There are eight full members, six from Minnesota. All six Minnesota members are full Division III members.

North Central University in Minneapolis, is an independent school that is also transitioning into the NCAA Division III .[24]

Olympians from Minnesota

The United States hockey team won the Olympic gold medal for ice hockey in 1980, coached by Minnesota native Herb Brooks. Eleven of the twenty players on the roster were from Minnesota. The team beat the long-dominant Soviet team in what has been called the Miracle on Ice, and went on to win the gold medal by defeating Finland.

The 1960 United States hockey team won the Olympic gold medal in the 1960 Winter Olympics. Six of the 18 members of that team were from Minnesota. The team beat the Canadian ice hockey team in the final game to secure the gold medal.

A substantial number of players on the 1956 Olympic silver medal hockey team came from Minnesota.

Similarly, the majority of players on the 1972 Olympic silver medal hockey team came from Minnesota.[25]

In the 2006 Winter Olympics, both the bronze medal U.S. men's and the women's curling teams came from the Bemidji Curling Club.

Bloomington native Tom Malchow won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in swimming.

Carrie Tollefson was on the 2004 Summer Olympic team as a distance runner and ranked 5th in 2006.

Minnesota was well represented in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejiing.[26]

Amateur sports

Baseball

Summer Collegiate Baseball is present in Minnesota with the SCBA-sanctioned Northwoods League. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate, and therefore are not paid. Minnesota's Northwoods League teams are the Alexandria Beetles, Brainerd Blue Thunder, Duluth Huskies, Mankato Moondogs, Rochester Honkers, and St. Cloud River Bats. The Northwoods League Offices are located in Rochester, Minnesota. There are also Northwoods League teams operating in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are an American Association team founded in 1996. They won five Northern League titles in 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010 (the last year of the league).[27] Jim Osgar was the greatest baseball player ever to come out of Minnesota.

two yellow and one red curling stones on red, white and blue ice
Curling Stones

Other Minor League Baseball teams associated with Minnesota include the Rochester Red Wings (AAA), the New Britain Rock Cats (AA), the Fort Myers Miracles (High-A), the Beloit Snappers (Low-A), the Elizabethton Twins (Rookie), the DSL Twins[28] of the Dominican Summer League, and GCL Twins of the Gulf Coast League, all sponsored by the Minnesota Twins.

American Legion baseball is played throughout the state in summer.

Golf

Minnesota has more golfers per capita than any state in the U.S.[29] Hazeltine National Golf Club played host to the 2006 U.S. Amateur.[30]

Curling

In addition to the Bemidji Curling Club whose members competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics, there are over two dozen curling clubs in the state.

Roller derby

Minnesota is home to the Minnesota RollerGirls (Saint Paul), North Star Roller Girls (Minneapolis) and T. C. Terrors (Men's travel team). Founded in 2004, 2006, and 2007 respectively, the women's leagues have shown increasing popularity over their existence, with the Minnesota RollerGirls having reached attendance levels of 4,200 spectators at their venue, the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, part of the Xcel Energy Center. The North Star Roller Girls started their 2007–2008 season in a new home, the Minneapolis Convention Center, having outgrown the capacity of Coon Rapids' Cheap Skate roller rink.

Soccer

Every year in summer (generally in July) at Blaine's National Sports Center the Schwan’s USA CUP is played: the largest international youth soccer tournament in North America with over 1,000 teams and participants from 22 countries.[31][32]

Bandy

Bandy in USA is almost exclusively a Minnesota sport.[33]

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