The Chicago White Sox have lots of legends in their long history. One of those is Minnie Mino1so, who was the first black player in team history.
The Chicago White Sox have been blessed to have some all-time great players play for them over the history of their franchise. There are many legends of all walks of life to come to the South Side and play for the White Sox. This franchise hasn’t had loads of team success in its history but there is no doubt that there are lots of players to be proud of. Minnie Minoso is one of those legends that should forever be remembered.
Minoso is remembered for his play on the field with the White Sox. He is also remembered because of the fact that in 1951, he broke the color barrier for the Chicago White Sox by being the first black player in the history of the franchise. It is a great honor to know that such a great player and person was a part of our team for parts of 12 seasons.
Minoso was never named as an MVP but he had four top-five finishes in the race. He was a nine-time MLB All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove Award winner. He also spent parts of four seasons with the Cleveland Indians and one season apiece with the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Senators. He will, however, be known for his time that he spent with the Chicago White Sox.
You can argue all day whether or not he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame based on his baseball statistics but they are good enough that when you add in him breaking an MLB team’s color barrier you should conclude that he should absolutely be in. He had a 50.2 career WAR along with a slash line of .298/.389/.459, 186 home runs, and 1023 RBIs in 1835 games played.
Minoso’s number nine is retired for the Chicago White Sox and rightfully so. He was a great baseball player and a great role model for a lot of people. He deserves to be remembered fondly for what he did, especially with all that is going on in the modern-day world. Hopefully, the current day White Sox team is able to hit the field soon and play well in his memory.