As it became known on Sunday that Mr. White Sox, Minnie Minoso passed away at the age of 90, many from around the game of baseball released statements and tributes about the White Sox legend.
May 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox former playerMinnie Minoso
before the game against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
One of the statements released came from the family of Mr. Minoso, as the statement came through the White Sox organization:
"“Our entire family appreciates the kind expressions of concern, sympathy and compassion from so many of our friends and fans of the White Sox during this most difficult time. Minnie lived a full life of joy and happiness, surrounded always by friends and family. It is during moments like these that love matters most. Minnie enjoyed nothing more than to be at the ballpark cheering on his White Sox. For Minnie, every day was a reason to smile, and he would want us all to remember him that way, smiling at a ballgame. As he so often said, “God Bless you, my friends.”“Thank you for respecting our family and our privacy during this trying time.”"
Even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, had kind words about Minoso, via this article on Yahoo! Sports:
"“Obama said even though Minoso isn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame his ‘quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque.'”"
Earlier Sunday, The New York Times, in an article by Richard Goldstein, had the following on the legendary White Sox:
"“He was best remembered as one of the finest ballplayers of the 1950s and a seven-time All-Star who fell just short of the 2,000-hit milestone. He was a three-time Gold Glove winner playing left field and a fast man on the bases for the ball clubs known as the Go-Go Sox, and his verve endeared him to the fans at the White Sox’s original Comiskey Park and much of the baseball world beyond.”"
As we wrote earlier today on Southside Showdown, this is a sad day for the White Sox organization and fans. He was our legend, a great baseball player, a gentleman and wonderful person.
Goodbye and God Bless, Mr. White Sox, you will be missed.