The first “black” Latino major league baseball star in Chicago has died, the Cook County medical examiner confirmed Sunday. Minnie Minoso, 91 or 92, played for Chicago in 1951. He started in Cleveland in 1949 and traded to Chicago two years later where he played 12 of his 17 seasons hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. His career totals were a .298 batting average, 186 homers and 1,023 RBIs. He hit a two-run home run in his first bat in Chicago in 1951, and got his final hit in 1976 at age 53. Born in Cuba, Orestes “Minnie” Minoso came to the United States in 1945 and played three separate seasons for the New York Cubans in the Negro League. The White Sox tried unsuccessfully for years to get Minoso into baseball’s Hall of Fame. He once said, “When I die, I want to be playing baseball”.

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