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Lot # 182: 1958-59 Minnie Minoso Photo - Cuban Winter League (PSA Type I)

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Minnie Minoso is a Hall of Fame outfielder who was the first dark-skinned Latin Major Leaguer to become a major star. Displayed is a 1958-59 Type I photo of Minoso warming up for a game in the Cuban Winter Leagues. As fellow Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said, "Minnie is the one who made it possible for all us Latins. He was the first Latin player to become a superstar." Born Saturnino Orestes Armas Minoso in 1923, in Cuba, Minnie played in Cuba and then for the New York Cubans of the Negro National League. An obvious star for the New York Cubans, Minoso was kept out of so-called "organized baseball" until after Jackie Robinson broke the Major League color line in 1947. Minoso signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians, owned by Bill Veeck, in '48, and broke in with the Indians in 1949. When he was traded to the Chicago White Sox after the beginning of the 1951 season, Minoso had a marvelous rookie season. He hit .326, with 112 runs, and he led the American League in both triples (14) and steals (31). In '51, Minoso was second in the AL in Rookie of the Year voting and fourth in the AL MVP race. For his career, Minoso led the AL in triples 3-times, in stolen bases 3-times, had 100 or more runs scored 4-times and had 100 or more RBIs 3-times. The amazing Minoso was brought back to the White Sox at age 50 by Bill Veeck in 1976 for three games so that he could become a four-decade player, and Minoso played two games with the White Sox in 1980 so that he could become a five-decade player. By playing briefly in the minors in the Northern League in 1993 and 2003, Minoso became the first and only seven-decade professional baseball player. The offered photo measures 8x10". The photo exhibits some creasing, some tiny paper loss, rough corners and some slightly uneven edges. The Type I photo comes with a PSA LOA.

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