Monday, December 17, 2007

#9 - Minnie Minoso

"Mr. White Sox" comes in at #9. He is one of only two players to play in five different decades in major league baseball. The other being Nick Altrock, who was also on the White Sox for a time, in the early 20th century.

Minnie is the first black player for the White Sox and the oldest, at 57, to ever bat in a major league game. He has stretched his longevity even further by playing in minor league ball on two separate occasions. One in 1993 and one in 2003, to play professional baseball in 7 different decades.

Minnie's number is retired by the White Sox, so this is another automatic inclusion. Even if his number wasn't retired, Minnie would still occupy this spot. He presented the final lineup card at the original Comiskey Park on September 30, 1990, in a pregame ceremony. He also has a statue at U.S. Cellular Field.

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