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The case for Minnie Minoso
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01/24/2003 10:42 am ET 
The case for Minnie Minoso
Career highlights of Minnie Minoso
White Sox Public Relations

CHICAGO -- Orestes "Minnie" Minoso has been nominated by the Veterans Committee for induction to baseball's Hall of Fame. Results of the voting will be announced on Feb. 26. Here's a look at the highlights of Minoso's 17-year playing career.

Career Highlights

  • Orestes "Minnie" Minoso spent 12 full seasons with the Chicago White Sox, over five separate stints that spanned four decades
  • During his 17-year career, he played for Cleveland (1949-51, '58-59), the White Sox (1951-57, '60-61, '64, '76, '80), St. Louis (1962) and Washington (1963)
  • Did not make his Major League debut until age 27
  • Voted American League Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News in 1951
  • Hit over .300 eight times and won three Gold Gloves
  • Batted .300 in seven All-Star Game appearances
  • Collected nearly 2,000 hits
  • Led the league in stolen bases and triples three times, doubles and hits once
  • Scored 100 runs four times and 80 or more 10 times
  • Homered in his first at-bat during a game in which rookie Mickey Mantle also homered
  • Posted a lifetime .391 on-base percentage
  • White Sox retired Minoso's uniform number (9) in 1983
  • His speed on the basepaths inspired the Go, Go White Sox chant in the 1950s
  • Elected to Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and World Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990
  • In the Record Books

  • Minoso is the only Major League player to have played in five decades (1950-1993)
  • From 1946-1960, he ranked fifth in assists (123), 12th in games played (1,412) and 14th in putouts
  • For six consecutive seasons (1956-1961), he led the AL in hit by pitches and currently ranks seventh all-time with 192
  • In 1954 and 1956, he led the American League in runs created (7.56 and 8.48, respectively)
  • From 1950-1959, he ranked among Major League batting leaders in several categories, including:
  • hit-by-pitch (1st, 149)
  • stolen bases (2nd, 167)
  • triples (4th, 74)
  • runs scored (6th, 898)
  • doubles (6th, 259)
  • hits (7th, 1,526)
  • on-base percentage (7th, .400)
  • extra-base hits (10th, 478)
  • total bases (10th, 2,368)
  • Among White Sox All-Time Leaders

  • Holds the fifth-longest hitting streak by a White Sox player (23 games in 1955)
  • Ranks among the club's single-season batting leaders in triples (18) and runs scored (119)
  • Ranks among White Sox career leaders in virtually every offensive category:
  • fourth in RBI (808) and extra base hits (474)
  • fifth in runs scored (893), walks (658) and on-base percentage (.397)
  • sixth in doubles (260), triples (79) and total bases (2346)
  • seventh in home runs (135)
  • eighth in hits (1523) and slugging percentage (.468)
  • ninth in at-bats (5011)
  • 10th in games played (1379)
  • White Sox Ambassador

  • Named to the White Sox All-Century Team in 2000
  • As the most tenured member of the White Sox Speakers Bureau, Minoso has participated in thousands of events, from reaching out to fans in the community to benefiting sick or disadvantaged children and families, over the years
  • Makes dozens of community appearances each year for the Speakers Bureau
  • Minoso Among Similar Hall of Fame outfielders
    G
    AVG
    AB
    R
    H
    2B
    3B
    HR
    RBI
    BB
    SO
    SB
    SLG
    Ralph Kiner
    1472
    .279
    5205
    971
    1451
    216
    39
    369
    1015
    1011
    749
    22
    .548
    Richie Ashburn
    2189
    .308
    8365
    1322
    2574
    317
    109
    29
    586
    1198
    571
    234
    .382
    Larry Doby
    1533
    .283
    5348
    960
    1515
    243
    52
    253
    970
    871
    1011
    47
    .490
    Duke Snider
    2143
    .295
    7161
    1259
    2116
    358
    85
    407
    1333
    971
    1237
    99
    .540
    Monte Irvin
    764
    .293
    2499
    366
    731
    97
    31
    99
    443
    351
    220
    28
    .475
    Minnie Minoso
    1835
    .298
    6579
    1163
    1963
    336
    83
    186
    1023
    814
    584
    205
    .459

    This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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