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Minnie Minoso

WSI's Sox Fans' Hall of Fame

Minnie Minoso
Outfield, third base, designated hitter.  Chicago White Sox,
1951-57, 1960-61, 1964, 1976, 1980.
Batted:  right.  Threw:  right.
Born:  11/29/22, Havana, Cuba.

 

  • 1951 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • First White Sox player to break the color barrier, May 1, 1951.
  • Homered in his first Sox at-bat versus the New York Yankees.
  • Led American League in stolen bases each of his first three years, 1951-53.
  • Batted .300 for the Sox eight times.
  • Seven-time American League all-star.
  • Exceptionally versatile, ranks among all-time Sox leaders for runs batted in (fourth, 808), extra base hits (fourth, 474), on-base percentage (fifth, .397), runs scored (fifth, 893), walks (fifth, 658), and slugging percentage (sixth, .468).
  • Traded to Cleveland for Early Wynn and Al Smith in 1957.
  • Reacquired before the 1960 season and given an honorary World Series ring.
  • Became the oldest player to ever hit safely in 1976.
  • Became baseball's only five-decade player with a late-season appearance in 1980.
  • Named "Mr. White Sox" by club president, Jerry Reinsdorf.
  • Perhaps the most popular player to ever wear a Sox uniform, the embodiment of the exciting hustle of the Go-Go Sox, even today an accessible and friendly ambassador for the team, "The Cuban Comet", but most often simply, "Minnie".
  • White Sox retired Minnie's #9 in 1983.

    Chosen by Sox fans as hall of fame starting outfielder.

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