Sunday, March 11, 2012

1951 Topps Orestes "Minnie" Minoso

Cleveland Indians CTNW Fan Favorites #4

I'm putting together 5 "Cards That Never Were" fan favorites from each team. These are not necessarily the 5 best players from the franchise. So as David Letterman used to say before Stupid Pet Tricks, "This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Pleaseno wagering."

Minnie Minoso was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1948, played briefly on the big league team in 1949 and began the 1951 season on the Tribe. He would rejoin the Indians in 1958 and 1959. 

Minnie played a significant role in the integration of Major League Baseball. In his first season, Minoso was one of 3 former Negro-Leaguers playing for the Indians, a MLB first. The other two were Larry Doby and Satchel Paige. When he was traded to the White Sox he would become the first black player on any Chicago MLB team. Chicago would then become the first city with black players on both National and American League teams when Ernie Banks joined the Cubs in 1953.

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