The Chicago White Sox have had some really good people come in and play baseball for them. There have been champions, elite defenders, elite pitchers, and elite hitters throughout the century which helped build a very rich history. Few were as impactful as Minnie Minoso during his time with the club.
Minoso spent 12 years of his 20-year career playing for the White Sox. He also had time with some other teams but the prominent years of his career came in Chicago. He was an elite baseball player but he was also the first black player in the history of the franchise. He is a significant figure for the team in every way.
He should have been in the Hall of Fame a long time ago but he was just elected in on Sunday night. He was selected along with five other players by the Golden Days Era Committee. It is so nice that he is finally in because he was so important to the history of the Chicago White Sox and sports in general.
Minoso was a 13-time All-Star, a 3 time Gold Glove Award winner, and a World Series Champion. He has a career slash line of .299/.387/.461 for an OPS of .848. He also hit 195 home runs and had 1093 RBIs, 1225 runs scored, and 216 stolen bases. Combine all of this with some elite defensive work in the outfield and you have a 53.8 career WAR.
Minnie Minoso is one of the greatest players in Chicago White Sox history.
Unfortunately, Minoso passed away on March 1st, 2015. He wasn’t here to see this amazing honor but he knew he deserved to be in. It is great to know that his family will be able to celebrate their outstanding love one for all he did in the game of baseball.
With all of the negativity that comes with the Hall of Fame these days, it is good to see a feel-good story come out of it. Minoso is one of the greatest players in the history of the White Sox so he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
His number nine is retired at Guaranteed Rate Field which tells you everything that you need to know. This has been something that has been a hot topic in White Sox land for a long time. Well, it finally got done thanks to this Golden Era Committee.