The White Sox announced today that they will be honoring the late Hall of Fame legend Minnie Miñoso on Saturday, July 30 vs. Oakland at 6:15 p.m. CT.
As part of an extended celebration of this past weekend’s Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, the first 20,000 fans who enter the ballpark will receive an exclusive Minnie Miñoso Replica Hall of Fame Plaque, presented by RUSH.
All fans are highly encouraged to be in their seats at least 30 minutes prior to first pitch for a pregame ceremony honoring “Mr. White Sox” and the Miñoso family. Expected to attend are his wife of 30 years, Sharon, son Charlie and daughters Marilyn and Cecilia. An unspecified family member will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
In addition to everything else, representatives from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will showcase Miñoso’s bronze Hall of Fame plaque at the stadium before it becomes a permanent fixture at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Hall of Fame plaque will be available for photo opportunities during the game on the concourse near Section 157 behind the left field foul pole.
Miñoso, a seven-time Major League Baseball and two-time Negro Leagues All-Star, broke the organization’s color barrier as the first Black Hispanic player in 1951. He was born in La Habana, Cuba, and is considered a trailblazer among Afro-Latinos.
Miñoso played 17 seasons in the major leagues, including 12 with the White Sox, and is one of just two players in major-league history – joining Nick Altrock – to appear in a game in five different decades. He was selected to nine American League All-Star Teams, won three Gold Glove Awards, was named the 1951 Rookie of the Year and finished in the top four of the AL Most Valuable Player voting four times.
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