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Orestes (“Minnie”) Minoso
On this date in 1951, Orestes ("Minnie") Minoso became the first Black Chicago White Sox player.
A veteran of the Negro Leagues' New York Cubans and Bill Veeck's Cleveland Indians, Minoso had a sensational rookie year, batting .326 with 173 hits, while leading the league in triples and stolen bases. In a questionable and possibly racist decision, sportswriters gave the Rookie of the Year Award to the Yankees' statistically inferior Gil McDougal.
A fast outfielder, Minoso led the American League in steals three consecutive years. For his career, Minoso batted .298 with 1,962 hits, and is still mentioned as a possible Hall of Fame candidate.
20th Century Baseball Chronicle
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