For all of us who grew up watching him play, there was no doubt in our minds that Minnie Minoso was of Hall of Fame caliber.
Today, it was announced that Minnie is one of 10 prominent baseball figures from the Golden Era (1947-72) who have been placed on the ballot for Hall of Fame consideration. The others are players Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds, Ron Santo, Luis Tiant and executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi. The results will be revealed at the Baseball Winter Meetings on December 5.
The White Sox have put together a wonderful website making Minnie’s case in words, photos and video. Go to whitesox.com/minnie. You’ll really enjoy it–and for those of you who saw Minnie play, it’ll bring back some great memories.
Here is my favorite description of Minnie, which is on the site. It was written by authors Brendan C. Boyd and Fred Harris. It’s really all you need to know about Minoso:
“Minnie Minoso played the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He did not have the power of a (Mickey) Mantle or the overall talent of a (Willie) Mays, but he sprayed hits to all fields, never swung at a bad pitch, crowded the plate, bunted, stole bases, broke up double plays, made diving catches, and always, but always, hit the cut-off man. He loved to play baseball, was in every minute of every game he ever played and never let up, no matter how one-sided the score. He was what baseball is all about…”