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14. Minnie Minoso

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14.  Minnie Minoso
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 29, 1925 in La Habana, La Cuba
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 19, 1949
  • Final Game: October 05, 1980
  • Gold Glove - 1957
  • Gold Glove - 1959
  • TSN All-Star - 1959
  • Gold Glove - 1960
  • TSN All-Star - 1960
 
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Minnie Minoso may be known for being the first (and our guess the last) baseball player to play in five different decades.  It may seem impressive, but it was a marketing gimmick which had Minoso play a couple of games in 1976 and 1980 to achieve this honor.  Minoso was a popular player and capable athlete who had the ability to perform the task.  We would rather think of the 1951 to 1960 version of Minnie Minoso who may have been the most underrated player in the league and whose play was anything but gimmicky.

Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Minoso was already a star in the Negro Leagues.  Upon his full year with the White Sox in 1951, it was apparent that Chicago had a star on their hands.  Minoso was the first black man to play for the Chisox but he was instantly popular with fans of all colors.  He did so many things well and would do anything and everything to find a way to get on base.  He was by many accounts close to being a five tool player (he may not have had enough power numbers) and had he hit just a few more dingers he may have been placed on a higher level from fans outside of Chicago.

Minnie Minoso remains a very popular figure among the fans of the Chicago White Sox, and as well he should.  He is as likable a figure as it comes and he was a great player in his day.  Hopefully, he will be remembered for the time he was great instead of for the time he was exploited.  An induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame would go a long way to ensure that his legacy is a proper one.

Should Minnie Minoso be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Havana, Cuba
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1969
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 7 Time All Star (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959 & 1960)
    Gold Glove (3) (ML) (1957) (AL) (1959 & 1960)
    Most Hits (1) (AL) (1960)
    Most Total Bases (1) (AL) (1954)
    Most Doubles (1) (AL) (1957)
    Most Triples (3) (AL) (1951, 1954 & 1956)
    Most Stolen Bases (3) (AL) (1951, 1952 & 1953)
    HIghest Hit By Pitch (10) (AL) (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 & 1961)
    Highest WAR for Position Players (2) (AL) (1954 & 1959)
    Highest Stolen Base Percentage: (1) AL) (1955)
    Highest Power-Speed (3) (AL) (1951, 1952 & 1953)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (AL: 1951, 4th), (AL: 1953, 4th), (AL: 1954, 4th), (AL: 1957, 8th) & (AL: 1960, 4th)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    2   Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    5   Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    4   Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 76.  Win Probability Added: 38.3
    96.  Power-Speed: 195.0
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1969: 1.8
    1986: 20.9
    1987: 19.9
    1988: 21.1
    1989: 13.2
    1990: 11.5
    1991: 8.6
    1992: 16.0
    1993: 15.8
    1994: 9.9
    1995: 14.3
    1996: 13.2
    1997: 17.8
    1998: 16.1
    1999: 14.7
  • Should be Inducted As A: Chicago White Sox

Should Minnie Minoso be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 74%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.8%