Minnie Miñoso

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Miñoso and the second or maternal family name is Arrieta.
Minnie Miñoso
Minnie Miñoso 1953 Bowman.jpg
Left fielder
Born: (1925-11-29) November 29, 1925 (age 88)
Havana, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1949 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1980 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .298
Home runs 186
Runs batted in 1,023
Career highlights and awards

Saturnino Orestes Armas "Minnie" Miñoso Arrieta (/mɨˈns/; Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɲoso]; born November 29, 1925 in Havana, Cuba[1]), nicknamed "The Cuban Comet", is a Cuban American former player in Negro league and Major League Baseball. After beginning his career as an All-Star third baseman with the New York Cubans, he was signed by the Cleveland Indians as baseball's color line slowly fell, and went on to become a seven-time All-Star left fielder for the Chicago White Sox. The first Black Cuban in the major leagues, as a rookie he was among the first Latin-American All-Stars. One of the most popular and dynamic players in franchise history, he led the "Go-Go White Sox" to being one of the premier teams of the 1950s, leading the American League (AL) in triples and stolen bases three times each, and in hits, doubles and total bases once each. One of the few power threats on a team known for speed and defense, he held the team record for career home runs from 1959 to 1974. Also a defensive standout, he led AL left fielders in assists six times and in putouts and double plays four times each, and was awarded three Gold Glove Awards even though they were not first presented until he was in his 30s.[2] After leaving the major leagues, he went on to play and manage in Mexico for several seasons. In 1976 and 1980 he made brief but highly publicized returns to the White Sox.

Baseball career[edit]

Minoso had been an outstanding third baseman in the Negro Leagues, and would later play several seasons in Mexico. He was nicknamed 'The Cuban Comet" and while playing in Mexico was "El Charro Negro" - "The Black Cowboy". He is second of two players (the first, Nick Altrock; 1890s–1930s) in Major League Baseball history to play in five decades (1940s–1980s). With brief appearances with the independent Northern League's St. Paul Saints in 1993 and 2003, Minoso is the only player to have played professionally in seven different decades. He was the last major leaguer to have played in the 1940s, to play a major league game.


Miñoso was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1948. He played for the Indians (1949, 1951, 1958–59), Chicago White Sox (1951–1957, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1976, 1980), St. Louis Cardinals (1962), and Washington Senators (1963).

"Mr. White Sox"[edit]

Miñoso had 16 at-bats with the 1949 Indians. On May 1, 1951, as a rookie playing his first game for the Chicago White Sox against the New York Yankees at Comiskey Park, Miñoso hit a 415-foot home run on the first pitch of his first at-bat. He finished the season hitting .324 in 138 games played with 31 stolen bases and became known as "Mr. White Sox". He was selected to the American League All-Star team for the first of seven times, playing right field[3]


In 1976, after several years playing in Mexico, Miñoso returned to MLB to play three games with the White Sox. He picked up one single in eight at bats, becoming, at age 50, the fourth-oldest player ever to get a base hit in the Major Leagues (Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke was the oldest when he hit safely at age 54 on September 22, 1904, Nick Altrock singled on October 6, 1929 at 53, and Charlie O'Leary singled on September 30, 1934, at 51). Miñoso then returned to appear in two more games with the Sox in 1980. His five stints with Chicago cemented his image as a local baseball icon for at least three generations of White Sox fans. When the last game was played at the old Comiskey Park on September 30, 1990, Miñoso was invited to present the White Sox lineup card to the umpires in the pregame ceremonies at home plate. He did so while wearing the new uniform debuted by the White Sox that day, his familiar number 9 on the back.

In his 1980 appearance at age 54, Miñoso became the third-oldest player ever to play in the majors, behind Nick Altrock, who pinch-hit in 1933 at the age of 57, and Satchel Paige, who, at 59, pitched three shutout innings in his one game in 1965. Minoso is one of only two players to have made an appearance in a major league game in five decades, the other being Altrock.

In 1990, he was scheduled to make an appearance with the minor league Miami Miracle and hence become the only professional to play in six decades; however, MLB overruled the Miracle on the idea. Nonetheless, in 1993 at the age of 67, he made an appearance with the independent St. Paul Saints of the Northern League. Then, in 2003 he returned to the Saints and drew a walk, thus becoming the only ball player to appear professionally in seven different decades. The earlier extensions to his career with the Sox were publicity stunts orchestrated respectively by one-time Sox owner Bill Veeck and his son Mike, who at the time owned partial or controlling interest in the teams.

MLB stats[edit]

Years Games PA AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO OBP SLG BA Fld%
17 1,835 7,712 6,579 1,136 1,963 336 83 186 1,023 205 814 584 .389 .459 .298 .971

MLB awards[edit]

  • American League All-Star (1951–1955, 1957, 1959, 1960; 9/9 games)[4]
  • Major League Gold Glove Award (1957)
  • American League Gold Glove Award (1959, 1960)

MLB achievements[edit]

  • American League leader in hits (1960)
  • American League leader in doubles (1957)
  • American League leader in triples (1951, 1954, 1956)
  • American League leader in sacrifice flies (1960, 1961)
  • American League leader in stolen bases (1951–1953)
  • American League leader in times on base and total bases (1954)
  • Chicago White Sox All-Century Team (2000)

Other awards and recognition[edit]

Minnie Miñoso's number 9 was retired by the Chicago White Sox in 1983.
Miñoso in 2010.

1994: Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

August 11, 2002: Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame (ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, IL).

September 19, 2004: Minnie Minoso Day: Pregame unveiling of Minnie Minoso statue at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

October 28, 2005: Minoso participated in the Chicago White Sox World Series Championship Parade in downtown Chicago.

November 3, 2005: Miñoso's name was placed on a special ballot of Negro League players and executives (39) by a 5-member screening committee to be voted upon on February 27, 2006 by a special 12-member committee of Negro Leagues historians and scholars, for selection into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Minoso not selected).

April 7, 2011: Minoso threw out the ceremonial first pitch to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén before the White Sox home opener.

November 3, 2011: Minoso was named one of the 10 Golden Era Candidates (1947–1972 era) on the Golden Era ballot for possible election by the Golden Era Committee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2012. In the December 5th voting by the 16-member Golden Era Committee, Minoso fell short by 3 votes.[5]

January 29, 2012: Minoso receives the 2011 Jerome Holtzman Award from the Chicago Baseball Museum.

Hall of Fame candidate, 2011 and 2014[edit]

Golden Era ballot[edit]

Minoso was selected to be on the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Era ballot (1947 to 1972 era) in 2011 and 2014.[6] The Hall's 16-member Golden Era Committee will decide on December 8, if Minoso gets inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America's Historical Overview Committee serves as the Hall's screening committee every three years (since 2011) to identify ten persons from the Golden Era for possible induction into the Hall of Fame.[7]In order to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, any of the ten on the ballot must receive 12 (75%) or more votes cast by the Golden Era Committee in December.[8]

In 2011, Minoso received 9 of the needed 12 votes, and Ron Santo with 15 votes, was the only person from the Golden Era (eight former players on the ballot) to be elected to the Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MLB.com: Minoso went with gut in '57 classic
  2. ^ Rawlings Gold Glove Award, 1957
  3. ^ Sportsdata: Midsummer Classics: Celebrating MLB's All-Star Game, 1959–1962, "all players who were named to the AL or NL roster were credited one appearance per season." Retrieved July 8, 2013 [1]
  4. ^ Baseball-Reference.Com, Minnie Minoso (7-time All-Star/9 AS games). Retrieved July 8, 2013 [2]
  5. ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame: Ten Named To Golden Era Ballot For Baseball Hall Of Fame Election [3]
  6. ^ http://www.baseballhall.org/hall-of-fame/2015-golden-era-committee-ballot
  7. ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, announcement Nov. 4, 2014 [4] Retrieved Nov. 21, 2014
  8. ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame, Eras Golden: Rules for election for players ....[5]

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