MLB: Minnie Miñoso Finally Inducted Into Hall of Fame

MLB: Minnie Miñoso Inducted Into Hall of Fame
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Minnie Miñoso, MLB's first Black Cuban player was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday. In a ballgame early in his MLB career, Minnie Miñoso homered off left-hander Hal Newhouser, a future Hall of Famer.

Batting a couple of innings later, Miñoso took one of Newhouser’s fastballs on his butt. The pitch broke Miñoso’s sunglasses in his back pocket.

“You n—–, you’re not supposed to hit a homer,” Newhouser yelled. For baseball circa 1950, Newhouser wasn’t alone in throwing balls that thumped men like Miñoso, the game’s first Black Cuban. White pitchers targeted him, just as they had targeted Jackie Robinson when he crossed the color line on April 15, 1947.

“What can I say?” Miñoso was quoted as saying of his dustup with Newhouser. “I’m Black.

Had Miñoso not been, perhaps his electrifying career might have earned him a plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum long before Sunday...Read more.

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