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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Green, White
Favorite Food:
Steak, Fish, Spanish Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1925
Birth Location:
Havana,

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Green, White
Favorite Food:
Steak, Fish, Spanish Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1925
Birth Location:
Havana
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Biography

Baseball legend Minnie Minoso was born Saturnino Orestes Arrieta Armas Minoso in Havana, Cuba on November 29, 1925. The outfielder and third baseman played for 17 seasons on four different teams and ended his Major League playing career in 1980.

Known as the "Cuban Comet," Minoso was the first Chicago White Sox player to break the color barrier in 1951. In his first time at bat in his White Sox debut May 1, 1951, Minoso hit a home run in a game against the New York Yankees. He finished his rookie year as the American League leader in stolen bases and triples, and led the American League in stolen bases each year from 1951 to 1953.

While with the Chicago club, Minoso ushered in the era of the "Go-Go Sox." Although he was not present for the Sox' 1959 pennant win, they gave him an honorary championship ring.

Following stints with the Indians and Senators, Minoso batted .302 in 1958 and 1959 before the Sox reacquired him in 1960, when he led the American League in hits. While he retired from baseball in 1964, the Sox brought him out of retirement in 1976. He coached for the Sox in 1976-78 and retired in 1980. The club's president named him "Mr. White Sox" before his number "9" was retired in 1983.

Minoso was a seven-time American League All Star and a three-time Gold Glove outfielder. He was elected to the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the World Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Since his retirement from the game, he served as an ambassador for baseball and a Sox community relations representative. In 2002, he was inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals.

Minnie Minoso passed away on March 1, 2015 at the age of 89.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Minnie Minoso's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Minnie Minoso lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Minnie Minoso talks about his birthdate and how he deals with critics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Minnie Minoso talks about his father and his birthplace, Perico, Cuba
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Minnie Minoso talks about playing baseball as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Minnie Minoso talks about his grade school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Minnie Minoso describes his mother and his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Minnie Minoso talks about racial discrimination in Cuba and in the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Minnie Minoso talks about Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Minnie Minoso talks about Cuba's baseball teams
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Minnie Minoso talks about realizing his dream of playing professional baseball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Minnie Minoso describes how he was signed by the Cleveland Indians
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Minnie Minoso remembers batting a .525 at Hudson Field with the Dayton Indians
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Minnie Minoso describes a misunderstanding at bat
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Minnie Minoso shares stories of racial discrimination on the road
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Minnie Minoso talks about mentoring youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Minnie Minoso talks about joining the Cleveland Indians after they won the World Series in 1949
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Minnie Minoso describes joining the Chicago White Sox and becoming Chicago's first black player
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Minnie Minoso talks about his first time at bat with the Chicago White Sox in 1951
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Minnie Minoso talks about his friendship with Chico Carrasquel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Minnie Minoso describes his first season with the Chicago White Sox
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Minnie Minoso talks about the role of baseball players as entertainers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Minnie Minoso talks about how he dealt with beanballs at the bat
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Minnie Minoso describes defending himself against brushback pitches and beanballs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Minnie Minoso talks about the increase of home runs in baseballs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Minnie Minoso talks about his baseball injuries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Minnie Minoso talks about his all-star years and ongoing rapport with fans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Minnie Minoso names Ted Williams and Willie Mays as the best baseball players in history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Minnie Minoso talks about the openness of baseball today
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Minnie Minoso explains why he was with the Cleveland Indians when the White Sox won the pennant in 1959
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Minnie Minoso talks about his return to the Chicago White Sox in 1960
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Minnie Minoso talks about his coma
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Minnie Minoso reflects on his six decades long career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Minnie Minoso talks about his career in Mexico and his induction to the Mexican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Minnie Minoso talks about his return to the Chicago White Sox in 1976
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Minnie Minoso talks about his reception in his homeland Cuba and his American citizenship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Minnie Minoso talks about his relationship with Cuban ballplayers and his friendship with Joe DiMaggio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Minnie Minoso talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Minnie Minoso talks about his relationship his father
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Minnie Minoso talks about his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Minnie Minoso shares his advices for today's youth, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Minnie Minoso shares his advices for today's youth, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Minnie Minoso narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Minnie Minoso narrates his photographs, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Minnie Minoso narrates his photographs, pt.3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Minnie Minoso narrates his photographs, pt.4
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Minnie Minoso narrates his photographs, pt.5