Minnie Minoso

Minnie Minoso autograph
Birthdate 11/29/1925
Death Date 3/1/2015
Debut Year 1949
Year of Induction
Teams Cardinals, Indians, Senators, White Sox
Position Left Field

Bill James said of Minnie Minoso, “Had he gotten the chance to play when he was 21 years old, I think he’d probably be rated among the top thirty players of all time.”

In the collection:

Minnie Minoso's MLB Lifetime Pass

Minnie Minoso's MLB Lifetime Pass

Any time Minnie Minoso cared to attend a professional baseball game in America, all he had to do was present this Lifetime Pass at the ticket window. The pass is good for Minoso and a guest. Overlooked by Cooperstown, Minoso was second in WAR in the AL from 1951-1961, trailing only Mickey Mantle. 
Original certificate given to Minoso by the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame

Original certificate given to Minoso by the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame

This museum-worthy document commemorating Minnie Minoso’s induction into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame comes straight from the estate of former ball player. One of the Cuban Comet’s most prized possessions, the certificate was awarded to Minoso on May 22,
Minnie Minoso's Illinois Drivers Licence from 1981

Minnie Minoso's Illinois Drivers Licence from 1981

Baseball-reference.com lists Minnie Minoso’s birthday as 11/29/1925 yet this Illinois Drivers License has it from one year earlier in 1924.  Issued in 1981, the license has a full, “Orestes Minoso” signature at the bottom. Minoso would need a photo ID to use his Lifetime Pass at the ticket window. Minoso was the ninth
Autographed 1952 Topps rookie card of Minnie Minoso

Autographed 1952 Topps rookie card of Minnie Minoso

Minnie Minoso stormed the Major Leagues with an outstanding rookie year in 1951. By the time the season was over, Minoso led the league in steals and triples while finishing second in average and runs scored. Despite hitting 20 points higher and collecting 50 more hits and 40 more runs, Minoso fini
National Association of Professional Ball Players of Cuba ID card issued to and signed twice by Minoso

National Association of Professional Ball Players of Cuba ID card issued to and signed twice by Minoso

A member of the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame, Minnie Minoso was also the president of the Cuban league players’ association. In that capacity “The Cuban Comet” signed identification cards for members of the association. Some of the ID cards remain as desirable vintage
Letter from Cuban mayor to Minnie Minoso

Letter from Cuban mayor to Minnie Minoso

Shown here is a letter to Minnie Minoso from a mayor in Cuba. Written entirely in Spanish, the style of writing reveals a formality reserved for business and governmental correspondence. The letter roughly translated reads, “In regards to your interest, enclosed I return the card/letter dated February 18, 1954 addressed to you
Minnie Minoso signed 1994 Topps contract

Minnie Minoso signed 1994 Topps contract

Minnie Minoso hit .226 for the White Sox in 1964 and retired from the game. Or so it seemed. Bill Veeck brought back a 50 or 51-year old Minoso for three games and eight at bats twelve years later in 1976. The Cuban Comet responded by knocking a line drive to left field in his second game. Four year

A Story about Minnie Minoso

Lifetime passes were the brainchild of NL President Ford Frick; here’s a pictorial history

June 18th, 2016

Lifetime pass

A newspaper man turned league publicist turned league president came up with a brilliant idea in 1934 — reward longtime National League players with a lifetime pass to all NL games. Senior Circuit owners approved Ford Frick’s proposal at the league meeting in December of ’34. A few months later, Frick sent out ornately decorated paper Lifetime Passes to the NL’s greatest players. He even sent one to Babe Ruth who appeared in all of 28 games for the Boston Braves in 1935. A 21-year veteran of the American League, the Babe was grateful if not surprised when he remarked, “At least the National League has a heart”. An image of the original paper pass presented to Hall of Fame outfielder Sliding Billy Hamilton can be seen below. A similar pass curiously issued to Stan Coveleski, a lifetime American Leaguer is also shown. Perhaps shamed by Ruth’s remarks, the American League joined forces in 1936 to issue a pass to all Major League contests. Players with twenty or more years of service received a solid gold pass. Seventeen men qualified for the true “golden ticket” — Ruth, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Bill Dahlen, Harry Davis, Red Faber, Walter Johnson, […]

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2 responses to “Minnie Minoso”

  1. I just saw with interest your web site on Face Book. I am a ‘Major League Baseball’ lover. Read the ‘Minnie Minoso’ story with great interest. Will be checking this site out in the future.

  2. Jim Smiley says:

    Thank you so much, James. Glad you are enjoying the site. We’re getting a great deal of feedback.

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