March 1, 2015

Minnie Minoso dies at the age of 90

"Baseball is all I've ever wanted to do."
Minoso made his league debut in 1949 with Cleveland was involved in a 3-team trade that brought him to the Chicago White Sox in 1951.  On May 1, 1951 in his first plate appearance for the White Sox, he hit a 2-run homer.  He spent 12 of his 17 seasons with the White Sox, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBI's while with the White Sox.

Minoso was a native of Havana, Cuba and spent most of his career in left field. He was one of only two players to appear in a Major League game in each of five decades, beginning in 1949 and ending in 1980 when he went 0-2 in two games with the White Sox.

Known as the "Cuban Comet"  Minoso often said that "I have baseball in my blood. Baseball is all I've ever wanted to do."  Minoso was selected to nine All-Star games, finished four times in the top four for the AL MVP and won three Golden Gloves in left field, he was never elected to the Hall of Fame. In 2011 he said, "My last dream to to be in Cooperstown ... This is my life's dream."

Minnie Minoso - another of my childhood baseball heroes dies this year.