MLB.com is reporting that Minnie Minoso died today at age 92. He played for the New York Cuban Giants in the Negro Leagues, helping his team to a Negro World Series championship. Later he integrated the Chicago White Sox and became an established star. He also played for Cleveland, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Washington Senators (now the Texas Rangers). He retired in 1964, but made cameo appearances in three games in 1976 and two more in 1980. He made nine All Star teams and was runner-up in the American League Rookie of the Year race in 1951. He also received three Gold Gloves for his outfield play. He led the AL in doubles in 1957, in stolen bases three times (1951-53), in triples three times (1951, ’54, ’56), in total bases in 1954, and in hit by pitch a 10 times. In the field he led in assists five times and in errors six (as a left fielder). In 1954 he also led the AL in WAR (BaseballReference.com version) with 8.3. He failed to reach the Hall of Fame in last year’s Veteran’s Committee balloting. His passing means only five of the men who originally integrated the existing baseball teams in the 1940s and 1950 are still alive.
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