Did he or didn’t he conspire to fix to the 1919 World Series? Over eighty years after the fact, there is still a sizable debate as to whether “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was involved in the “Black Sox” scandal that saw the Chicago White Sox throw the World Series for financial gain against the Cincinnati Reds.
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.
Regardless of the era, it is an impressive feat to be a key member of a rotation for a decade. The Chicago White Sox may not have won a World Series in the 50’s, but they were a good team and much of the success they did have, were through a big part of the pitching of Billy Pierce.