RIP Minnie Minoso

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.

RIP, Minnie.

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6 Responses to “RIP Minnie Minoso”

  1. glenrussellslater Says:

    Well, I should have KNOWN this would happen. And you know, V, by my past comments how much I was hoping that Minnie would get in the Hall of Fame (where he BELONGS) before he died. So you KNOW that I’m upset to hear this news. (This is the first that I’ve heard of it. I’m upstate visiting relatives, and I’m a bit behind the news, I guess. I don’t know when he died. Probably early this morning.

    I’m sad and somewhat angry that they ripped Minnie off of what he truly deserved to live to get, and that was being in the Hall of Fame. Instead, we get lots of people in there who don’t even BELONG in there. I am a bit upset about this, as you might have guessed.

    Rest In Peace, Minnie, and hopefully you will be in the Hall of Fame pretty soon. They say that Roberto Clemente was the Jackie Robinson of black Latinos, and I say Hogwash. It was Minnie Minoso.

    Glen

    • verdun2 Says:

      As you know, I agree with you that Minnie oughta be in the Hall of Fame. I think he’s been greatly overlooked. I presume now that when the 1945-1975 (more or less) committee comes back in two years that he’ll get in then. They did it to Ron Santo (putting him in a year after his death), I guess they’ll do it to Minnie also. Damned shame.
      v

  2. William Miller Says:

    Class man. Fine ballplayer. And yes, he should be in the HOF.

  3. wkkortas Says:

    As Orlando Cepeda said, he was the guy that the Latin Amiercan players of his generation looked up to. Rest in peace.

    • verdun2 Says:

      Being old enough to remember Minoso, I recall him as one of the last of a breed that seemed to absolutely love playing the game. Too many players today see it as a job (as did a lot back when Minnie played). He always looked like he was having the time of his life. The modern guy he reminds me most of is Puig (although that’s not an exact comparison).
      v

  4. steve Says:

    in looking around to see if any more players were alive that appeared in 5 decades, i learned that Mr. Minosa had one of those wonderful Catholic names that go on and on and on…Saturnino Orestes Armas Miñoso Arrieta.

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