Minnie Minoso – Mr. White Sox

 

When I was growing up I was an avid White Sox fan. I wore my Sox hat all day, every day. More than one person told me that if I didn’t take it off I would be bald before I got to high school. I guess they were right although their time estimate was off – it took many decades before I started losing my hair. Anyway, the hat stayed on my head. After all, I had to support my team. More to the point, one of my favorite players was Minnie Minoso who was known as the Cuban Comet for his speed and Mr. White Sox for his record-setting contributions to the team. Mr. Minoso died in Chicago on February 28, 2015 at the age of 93. Like Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, Minnie Minoso was an incredibly popular and dynamic player. I once met Mr. Minoso while I was working at a small pharmaceutical company based in Skokie. He had come for the launch of a company fund-raising campaign. The moment he stepped out on the stage to speak, his smile and personality lit up the entire auditorium. I don’t remember what he said, but I’ll never forget that smile and his warm. I have never met anyone so full of joy and enthusiasm. He was a remarkable player and person. The world is a sadder place with his passing.