Here’s the sad news from the Associated Press …
CHICAGO (AP) — Major league baseball’s first black player in Chicago, Minnie Minoso, has died.
The Cook County medical examiner confirmed his death Sunday morning. Minoso homered in his first Chicago at-bat in 1951. There is some question about his age but the White Sox say he was 92.
Minoso, a native of Cuba, batted .298/.389/.459 with 1,963 hits, 186 home runs, and 1,023 RBI in parts of 17 major league seasons split between the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Senators. Craig made a great case for his Hall of Fame induction back in 2011 on this blog. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t happen while he was alive.