'Mr. White Sox' Outfielder Minnie Minoso Dies

Minnie Minoso, the White Sox's first black player, played 12 of his 17 years in the Major Leagues in Chicago.
Posted at 11:49 AM, Mar 01, 2015

Former Chicago White Sox outfielder and the team's first black player, Minnie Minoso, has died.

The White Sox confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "Tears of sadness are falling for a great man."

Minoso played 17 seasons in the Majors — 12 of those with the White Sox. He also had stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators.  

The outfielder made his Major League debut in 1949 with the Indians — a few short years after Jackie Robinson crossed the color line. Nicknamed the "Cuban Comet" and "Mr. White Sox," Miñoso earned seven All-Star appearances and three Gold Gloves during his decorated career. (Video via el Nuevo Herald

In a profile last year, when Miñoso was up for the Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era Award, Sports Illustrated described him as "a dynamite all-around ballplayer, a speedster with an excellent batting eye and considerable pop." 

Despite the lengthy resume, Minoso was never selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame — something that always irked him.

He told ESPN in an interview posted Friday, "Truly, I'm hurt. ... I've seen so many guys -- and all of my respect is for them -- get inducted (into Cooperstown), but my records are better. And I played more years. That's what's breaking my heart."

The president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum tweeted Sunday, "Minnie Minoso's historic career-from Cuba to the Negro Leagues to @mlb-is as important as any player in baseball history!"

Minoso's age is unconfirmed, with some reports saying 89 years old and others up to 92. As of Sunday morning, the cause of death had not been released.

This video includes images from Getty Images, John W. Iwanski / CC BY NC 2.0 and Bowman Gum / Public Domain.