This courtship would be one of the strongest in Minor League Baseball. The Aberdeen Pheasants served the St. Louis Browns, until their ballpark burned in 1953. By the time the ballpark was rebuilt in 1954, the Browns were no more. They had moved to Baltimore and become the Orioles. The relationship between the team and ownership was so strong however, that the Browns took the affiliation to Baltimore with them! Aberdeen continued to serve the Orioles for another 15 years.

Photograph courtesy of the
Dacotah Prairie Museum.