"Minny” is an abbreviation of ‘Minnesota.” The term has been most frequently used in sports, especially in newspaper headlines.
“‘SHI’ AND ‘MINNY’ WON’T PLAY SHINNY” was used in a 1906 newspaper headline to describe a football game between Chicago and Minnesota. A Minnesota baseball league was called the “Minny” league in 1909 and 1910.
Minnesota (/mɪnᵻˈsoʊtə/; locally About this sound [ˌmɪnəˈso̞ɾə]) is a state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The name comes from the Dakota word for “clear blue water”. Owing to its large number of lakes, the state is informally known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. Its official motto is L’Étoile du Nord (French: Star of the North). Minnesota is the 12th largest in area and the 21st most populous of the U.S. States; nearly 60 percent of its residents live in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area (known as the “Twin Cities"), the center of transportation, business, industry, education, and government and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; deciduous forests in the southeast, now partially cleared, farmed and settled; and the less populated North Woods, used for mining, forestry, and recreation.
10 November 1906, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, pg. 6, col. 3:
“SHI” AND “MINNY” WON’T PLAY SHINNY:
No, Indeed It Will Be Fair Reformed Football That the Big Northwestern Universities Will Put Up Saturday Afternoon.
CHICAGO, Noc. 10.—Football in the Middle West reached its climax today when the elevens of Minnesota and Chicago universities lined up on Marshall Field.
14 May 1909, Superior (WI) News Tribune, pg. 5, col. 4:
WILL BULLETIN GAMES IN
NEW “MINNY” LEAGUE
The fans will soon be able to get all the news of the Minnesota-Wisconsin league ball games on the day they are played from a bulletin board to be placed on the Twelfth street side of Russel Bros.
16 October 1910, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), sec. 4, pg. 7, col. 8:
EXCELLENT PITCHING AVERAGE BY LAKOFF:
Colonels’ Slab Artist Banks Second As Twirler In the “Minny” League
Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe:
36 years of pitching & catching in baseball’s Negro leagues
By Kyle P. McNary
Minneapolis, MN: McNary Pub.
The Southern Minnesota— Minny for short— was organized around the turn of the century and continued into the 1960s.
Once Around the Bases:
Bittersweet Memories of Only One Game in the Majors
By Richard Tellis
Chicago, IL: Triumph Books
After the 1950 season, which included some time in the semipro Southern Minny (Minnesota) League, Cleary returned home to his bride of almost two years and retired from baseball.
OCLC WorldCat record
Minny run : little ball, plus some big bats and strong arms, has vaulted Minnesota from worst to first, at least for now
Author: Michael Bamberger; John Biever
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: Sports illustrated. Vol. 94, no. 18 (Apr. 30, 2001).
Minnesota Twins (Baseball team)
“Minny” is a short and informal nickname for Minnesota. Those who use it regularly are usually residents of Minnesota who feel they know and love their state well enough to call it so. It is often used by Minnesotans traveling elsewhere, casually referring back to their state during conversation.
“I can’t wait to get back to Minny, I’m just dying to see a good hockey game!”
by blackbear91 July 31, 2009
An abbreviation for the state of Minnesota. Generally only used by those who don’t reside in the state, most Minnesotans will get upset when it is said.
Non-Minnesotan: “Hey, when are you going back to Minny?”
Minnesotan: “How many times am I going to have to tell you to stop saying Minny? FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!”
by HFboards guy October 25, 2011