Minnie Minoso

Minnie Minoso

Birth
Matanzas, Cuba
Death 1 Mar 2015 (aged 89)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 143190370 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. For seventeen seasons (1949, 1951 to 1964, 1976 and 1980), he played at the outfielder and third baseman positions with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Senators. He is credited as being the first black player to play for the Chicago White Sox and was the first black Cuban in the Major Leagues. Born Saturnino Orestes Armas (Arrieta) Minoso, he began his association with the sport in 1941, with the semi-pro team, the New York Cubans of the American Negro League. Signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians in 1948, he marked his Major League debut with Cleveland on April 19, 1949. During the course of his career, Minoso established himself as a three-way threat by providing power, hitting for average and possessing speed on the base paths. He led the American League three-times in triples, once in doubles and once in hits. He also led his league three-times in stolen bases. Additionally, he was a defensive force and earned three Gold Glove Awards. He achieved all-star status seven-times. In 1,835 regular season games, he compiled 1,963 hits with a lifetime .298 batting average. After retiring as a player, he served as a manager in the Mexican League. In a footnote to history, Minoso came out of retirement at the age of fifty to record eight plate appearances with the White Sox in 1976. In 1980 at the age of fifty-four, he recorded two plate appearances, also with the White Sox. In 1993 (at the age of sixty-seven) and in 2003 (at the age of seventy-seven), he recorded a plate appearance in each year with the St. Paul Saints of the Independent League. It is the opinion of many that Minoso is worthy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He recounted his career in the autobiography "Just Call Me Minnie: My Six Decades in Baseball" (1994).

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Added: 1 Mar 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 143190370
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Minnie Minoso (29 Nov 1925–1 Mar 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 143190370, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.