President Barack Obama on Sunday commemorated a life of Minnie Minoso, the initial black vital joining ball actor in Chicago
In a statement, Obama praised Minoso for a purpose he played in integrating a vital leagues.
Read Obama’s full matter below:
For South Siders and Sox fans all opposite a country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be “Mr. White Sox.”
The initial black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to a United States from Cuba even yet he could have done some-more income elsewhere. He came adult by a Negro Leagues, and didn’t pronounce many English during first. And as he helped to confederate ball in a 1950s, he was a aim of secular slurs from fans and opponents, infrequently forced to stay in opposite motels from his teammates. But his speed, his energy — and his volatile confidence — warranted him mixed All-Star appearances and Gold Gloves in left field, and he became one of a many widespread and energetic players of a 1950s.
Minnie might have been upheld over by a Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, though for me and for generations of black and Latino immature people, Minnie’s quintessentially American story embodies distant some-more than a board ever could.
Michelle and we send a thoughts and prayers to his family and fans in Chicago, Cleveland, and around a world.