The Minot Mallards in their inaugural season.
Baseball returned once again to Minot after over a 20 year absence in the form of the Minot Mallards. The Manitoba-Dakota League was an independent minor league formed when the Mallards were added and the existing Manitoba Senior League was reorganized.
The league consisted of many former Negro League players, and baseball Hall of Fame member Satchel Paige donned the Mallards uniform to pitch two games for the Mallards in the 1950 season. This season was also the first of professional baseball at Corbett Field.
The Mallards first two seasons saw them finish 24-24 and 32-32 respectively, losing in the playoffs to the Winnipeg Buffalos in both years. The 1952 season was the start of sustained success for the Mallards as they finished 32-22 to finish in first place in the Manitoba-Dakota League regular season standings. Their success carried over into the postseason as the Mallards won their first of four consecutive championships under their manager Clifton McLean. After their championship runs from 1952-1955, the Mallards lost in the league championship in their final two seasons in 1956 and 1957.
The Mallards played their final season in 1957 as the Manitoba-Dakota League permanently ceased operations.
The Northern League
The Minot Mallards returned to the city in 1958 after the closure of the Manitoba-Dakota League by joining the Class C Northern League as an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Mallards played at Corbett Field in this capacity for three seasons, seeing mild success, but never making it past the first round of the playoffs.
After not fielding a team in 1961, the Mallards returned in 1962 for one season in the Northern League as an affiliate of the Kansas City Athletics. This season would be the final year of Northern League baseball for the Mallards, as they permanently ceased operations following the 1962 season.
The Prairie League
After a 33 year drought, baseball returned once again to Corbett Field in Minot. The Mallards name was brought back with the team playing in the independent Prairie League. The Prairie League consisted of eight teams in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The inaugural season in 1995 for the Mallards was underwhelming for the team as they finished with a 24-47 record. The following season brought drastically more success for the Magic City as the Mallards finished the regular season with a 54-26 record, and beat the Grand Forks Varmints 3 games to 1 to clinch the Prairie League Championship.
The Prairie League and the Mallards would only be a short staple in Minot as 1997 was the final season for the league. The Mallards would go out on a high note as they repeated as league champions, defeating the Regina Cyclones 3 games to none.