The first African American Major League Baseball in Chicago Minnie Minoso has passed away at the age of 90. Medical examiners did not provide further details as to why Minoso passed, but it sounds more like it was natural causes. The Chicago White Sox official Twitter posted the following tweet after the news broke of his death.
Minnie Minoso — Mr. #WhiteSox — has died. Tears of sadness are falling for a great man. pic.twitter.com/zpi6WFuxH0
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 1, 2015
President Barrack Obama also released a statement on the passing of Mr. White Sox.
"For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country…Minnie Minoso is and will always be 'Mr. White Sox.'" —Obama: pic.twitter.com/KitHSZodcm
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) March 1, 2015
Minoso enjoyed a 17 year Major League career as he had a career average of .298 with 186 home runs and 1,023 runs batted in. Outside of U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, there is a statue of Minoso.
Minoso’s family on Minnie Minoso’s passing:
“Our entire family appreciates the kind expressions of concern, sympathy and compassion from so many of our friends and fans of the White Sox during this most difficult time,” the Minoso family said. “Minnie lived a full life of joy and happiness, surrounded always by friends and family. It is during moments like these that love matters most. Minnie enjoyed nothing more than to be at the ballpark cheering on his White Sox. For Minnie, every day was a reason to smile, and he would want us all to remember him that way, smiling at a ballgame. As he so often said, ‘God Bless you, my friends.”
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf on Minoso:
“We have lost our dear friend and a great man.”
“Many tears are falling.”
Minoso will be missed by everyone throughout the baseball world.
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