We remember Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso and can finally say Hall of Famer Miñoso. He went in this year along with another great Cuban player, Tony Oliva.
He was born in Cuba on this day in 1925 and died in Chicago in 2015. As a boy growing up in Cuba, and later in the US, I remember hearing Miñoso stories from my father . Orestes, as he was known in Cuba, played for Marianao and was a top draw in the Cuban winter leagues.
We say thank you to Minnie Miñoso. He was more than a baseball player for his fans in Latin America.
He retired with a .298 average, 186 HR, 1,963 hits & 1,023 RBI in 1,835 games. His best years were in Chicago: 304 in 12 seasons with the White Sox.