The White Sox family includes former players who serve as team ambassadors through our Speakers' Bureau, making hundreds of community outreach appearances each year. White Sox legends including Minnie Minoso, Ron Kittle, Dan Pasqua, Carlos May, Bill Melton and Donn Pall extend the team's reach by spreading good will across generations all year round.
To request an appearance by a member of the bureau, please send a written request at least four weeks in advance of your event to Chicago White Sox Community Relations Department.
By mail: 333 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616
White Sox Legends:
Orestes "Minnie" Minoso spent nine full seasons with the Chicago White Sox during a thrilling and successful career that spanned six decades. In addition to winning the 1951 AL Rookie of the Year Award (after brief stints in 1949 and 1950), Minoso hit over .300 eight times, was a seven-time All-Star and won three Gold Gloves during his career. The Havana, Cuba, native ranks fourth on the White Sox career list in both RBI (808) and extra-base hits (474). After retiring from Major League Baseball in 1964, Minoso played three games in 1976, two games in 1980 and one game in 1995 (for the St. Paul Saints of the Independent Northern League) to become the first player in history to play professional baseball in six separate decades. In honor of Minoso's illustrious career, the White Sox retired his uniform number (9) in 1983. He was elected to the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, the World Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Caribbean Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. Minnie has served as an ambassador for baseball and a community relations representative for the White Sox since his retirement from the game.
Ron Kittle was one of the most powerful young hitters in the American League during the mid 1980s. As a member of the 1983 AL West Champion Chicago White Sox, Kitty hit 35 home runs and knocked in 100 runs en route to the AL Rookie of the Year Award. He followed up with 32 round-trippers in 1984 and 26 in 1985. His many prodigious roof shot home runs at old Comiskey Park are legendary among White Sox fans. In 843 career games with four Major League teams, Kittle finished with 176 home runs 460 RBI.
Dan Pasqua was a left-handed power-hitting outfielder and first baseman known for hitting tape-measure home runs for the White Sox from 1988 to 1994. In 1988, Pasqua led the White Sox with 20 home runs; in 1989 he hit the second-to-last roof shot at old Comiskey Park and in 1991 hit a home run 484 feet which still ranks among the top five longest home runs in U.S. Cellular Field history. Over his 10 year major-league career, Pasqua appeared in 905 games with the Yankees and White Sox, where he slugged 117 home runs and 390 RBI.
Carlos May played 1,002 career games for the White Sox between 1968 and 1976. Before losing his right thumb to a mortar accident while on Marine Reserve duty in August 1969, he was selected AL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News. He made a courageous comeback from the injury a year later, hitting .285 with 28 doubles. A two-time All-Star, May's best slugging numbers came in 1973, when he hit 20 homers and drove in 96 runs. The former outfielder and first baseman finished his White Sox career with exactly 1,000 hits and nearly 500 runs scored and RBI. He remains the only player in Major League history to wear his birthday on his uniform (May 17). In addition to serving as a community relations representative for the White Sox, May stays busy with the United States Postal Service.
Between 1968 and 1975, "Beltin'" Bill Melton was a popular and productive slugger for the Chicago White Sox. Melton hit more than 20 home runs five times in his 10-year career, including 33 in both 1970 and 1971. His 33 homers in 1971 led the league, making him the first White Sox player to win the AL home run crown. Melton set a White Sox record by hitting 88 career round-trippers at old Comiskey Park. The third baseman finished with a .253 average, 160 home runs and 591 RBI in more than 1,100 career games. In addition to his current duties as a White Sox analyst on Comcast Sports Net Chicago, Melton has served as a community relations representative for the team since 1992.
"The Pope" Donn Pall spent five seasons as an effective middle reliever for the White Sox. His finest season came in 1991, when he went 7-2 with a 2.41 ERA while holding his opponents to a paltry .231 batting average. As a rookie in 1989, he notched a career-high six saves and 58 strikeouts. Pall pitched more than 500 innings for five Major League teams during his career, finishing with a 24-23 record and a 3.63 ERA in 328 games. He retired from baseball in 1999 and lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.