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 its 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.