Growing up in the 1950s, I lived and breathed the White Sox and their stars Nellie Fox, Billy Pierce, Luis Aparicio and, of course, Minnie Minoso.
So, it was an honor for me to participate in last week’s “Minnie Minoso Hall of Fame Forum” at the Cell as historians and former major leaguers alike made the case for Minnie’s Hall of Fame candidacy. The group of advocates included former teammates Pierce, Jim Landis and Jungle Jim Rivera plus Hall of Famer Tony Perez and Luis Tiant, who like Minoso will be considered for Hall of Fame election the first week in December by the 16-member Golden Era (1947-72) committee. Both Perez and Tiant, like Minoso natives of Cuba, grew up idolizing the man who would become the firat Black Latino in the major leagues.
Having grown up revering Minoso and now at a point in my life where I can play a small part in trying to help him reach baseball’s highest plateau is very special to me. And it’ll even be more special if I’m in Cooperstown next July celebrating Minnie’s well-deserved induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Note: The photo above shows Minnie and me after the Forum. We are standing in front of the spectacular display of memorabilia the White Sox put together for the event.