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Saturnino Orestes Armas Minoso Arrieta
(Cuban Comet)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

"Minoso was one of the best competitors I've ever seen. . . He'd run into walls and get on guys who weren't putting out. He was also one of the nicest guys I've ever known when the game was over. . . I had more respect for him than anyone I've ever met." - Jim Derrington in a 1991 interview appearing in the L.A. Times

Minnie Minoso played 17 years in the majors and had some of his best years after the age of 30. His chances for election to the Hall of Fame were hurt by the color line. Even so, he got as high as 21% of the BBWAA Hall of Fame vote, and in 2007 he received 15% of the Veterans Committee vote.

His Gray Ink score of 189 is well above the average Hall of Famer score of 144. Oddly, in MVP voting he finished fourth four times.

Minnie's book Just Call Me Minnie says that he was born in 1925 and began playing semi-pro ball in 1941. He was in Cuban professional winter ball starting in 1944.

[edit] Famous Feats

Before joining the Cleveland Indians in 1949, Minnie Minoso played with the Negro Leagues' New York Cubans from 1945 to 1948. He hit .309 in 1946 and .294 in 1947. Minoso was the starting 3B in the East-West All-Star Game in both 1947 and 1948.

Along with Nick Altrock, he is the only player to appear in a game in five different decades.

In 1971, Minoso was managing in the Mexican League. Frustrated when his Torreon Cotton Dealers had lost 9 in a row, Minoso put himself in the lineup and hit a 2-out, 2-run game-winning double in the 9th. After barely playing in 1970, Minoso became a regular again that year and hit .315/~.418/.426. He would play regularly the next two seasons, hitting .285/~.369/.431 in 1972 and .265/~.350/.396 in 1973 and stole 10 bases in 13 tries at the age of 50.

He is the third-oldest player to hit safely in a major league game, during the 1976 season. He was 1 for 8 the entire season and his only hit came on September 12th. Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke hit safely at age 54 on September 22, 1904, and Charley O'Leary singled at the age of 58 in 1934.

He is also the third-oldest player ever to come to bat in a major league game, at age 54 on October 5, 1980, when he pinch hit for Chet Lemon in the 7th inning. Minoso grounded out third to first. The two older players who came to bat in a major league game were Charley O'Leary (58), and Satchel Paige (59). Minoso might have come to bat in 1990, but MLB didn't allow it.

He faced Frank Tanana in both his 1976 and 1980 appearances. During both of these "cameo" appearances, he was touted as being three years older than he actually was. His date of birth was long listed as 1922, but that was only a "baseball age". He was in fact born in 1925, and probably changed his age in order to get to play in the United States when he was still a teenager. The wrong age remained associated with him until the 21st century.

[edit] Analysis

Although none of the ten most similar players to Minoso (according to the similarity scores method) are in the Hall of Fame, Minoso has a higher Adjusted OPS+ than any of them, and in most cases, Minoso's Adjusted OPS+ is much higher. The most similar player according to the method is Carl Furillo. Of course, the similarity scores method only counts his major league years.

He was part of the inaugural class of inductees in the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 7-time AL All-Star (1951-1954, 1957, 1959 & 1960)
  • 3-time Gold Glove Winner (1957/ML-LF, 1959/AL-LF & 1960/AL-LF)
  • AL Hits Leader (1960)
  • AL Total Bases Leader (1954)
  • AL Doubles Leader (1957)
  • 3-time AL Triples Leader (1951, 1954 & 1956)
  • 3-time AL Stolen Bases Leader (1951, 1952 & 1953)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1956 & 1958-1960)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 4 (1953, 1954, 1957 & 1960)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1951, 1953, 1954 & 1956)

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