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In December 2011, we attended the Baseball Hall of Fame press conference sure that Minnie Minoso was going to be elected. Instead, he received nine votes–three votes short of the twelve needed. The 89 year old will not be eligible for another vote for three years.
In the Chicago Tribune, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf reacted, “I’m stunned. I really thought he’d get (all) 16 votes…. It disappoints me. Orlando Cepeda (a Hall of Famer from Puerto Rico) spoke out on this many times about how Minnie was the trailblazer, Minnie was the guy who opened the door for all the Latins who came behind him. Minnie not only had the misfortune to be black, but he couldn’t speak English. It was a tremendous burden for Minnie, but with all of that, I thought he belonged, based on his accomplishments.”
Publicly, Minnie was stoic and professional. We sat down with him afterwards and he expressed genuine frustration that he may never live to see his honor.
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