We remember Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso. 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.