[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hite Sox legend Minnie Minoso passed away last Sunday at the age of 90.
Nicknamed “The Cuban Comet,” Minoso made history as the first black player to join the White Sox in 1951. A part of the Go-Go Sox of the 1950s and 1960s, after retiring from playing he became a community relations ambassador for his beloved White Sox for decades. He also was baseball’s first black Latin star and a seven-time All-Star.
“Minnie truly was the heart, soul and smile of the White Sox,” said Christine O’Reilly, vice president of community relations for the White Sox. “We saw him every day at the ballpark and he loved the fans and the White Sox dearly.”
Known for his warm personality, club officials often joked Minoso had probably signed enough autographs so that every man, woman and child in Chicago had at least one from him.
“When I die, I want to be playing baseball,” Minoso once said. “Truly. They don’t bury me without my uniform. If I die, I die happy because I was wearing No. 9 for the White Sox.”
Minoso leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Sharon, sons Orestes Jr. and Charlie, and daughters Marilyn and Cecilia.
A public visitation is set for Friday from noon to 8 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1080 Roosevelt Road. A memorial service will be held the following day at the same church. A procession immediately following the Saturday service will drive by U.S. Cellular Field. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that any donations be made in Minnie’s memory to Chicago White Sox Charities by visiting www.whitesox.com/donate.
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