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« Lobbying for Minnie Minoso, One Voter at a Time in 2011 | Main | White House Highlights Barbara A. Bitters and Angela Byars-Winston as “Champions of Change” for Girls and Women in STEM »

December 03, 2011


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Brad Clark

Paul, I am with you 100% on Mr. Minoso. As you "predate" me by about a decade or so (far out!) I have my own unexplainable oversight player from the '60's, and that is Ron Santo. I became a hardcore baseball and Cubs fan in 1967 when I was 11 (and speaking of "far out", I got "Sgt. Pepper" for my 11th birthday) and Santo was my hero for many years. At that time he owned a chain of Pizzerias, and once a year he would come to Rockford for the anniversary of the grand opening (which was sometime in the offseason - January I believe). MAN do I wish I still had some of those autographed pictures! In fact, in 1969, Santo and some of his Cubs teammates came to Rockford for a charity basketball game, but before that they stopped at the Pizzeria for the annual 'do. I remember they were running late and I was so excited I went out to the parking lot just to walk around and who should drive up but Santo, Glenn Beckert, Ernie Banks, Ted Savage, and I believe Billy Williams. I walked into the Pizzeria with them like I was part of the entourage. What a thrill! Anyway, glancing at my Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract I see Santo listed as the sixth greatest third baseman of all time, ahead of such inductees as Brooks Robinson and Pie Traynor. Santo belongs in the Hall of Fame just as surely as does Minnie Minoso, don't you agree?


Brad: Santo like Minoso suffer from the 'Chicago' factor. In fact outside of LA, most players suffer from the 'non-Yankee factor.' If you are not a Yankee, it is a little tougher to get into the Hall of Fame. I think Santo is also hurt because he has the reputation, since he hung up his uniform, as a whiner. Oh, well.

Brad Clark

Well, now you've done it. All this talk about Minnie Minoso and Santo prompted me to go to, and now I am caught in the swirling vortex of similarity scores! Minoso to Carl Furillo (two men with lifetime averages JUST under .300 - ouch!) to Tony Oliva to Rico Carty to Bill "Moose" Skowron to Kevin about "6 degrees of separation". I wonder if it would be possible, if you followed the trail long enough, to run through every person who has ever played MLB (Babe Ruth could be the nexus between hitters and pitchers)? I'm kidding, of course, but boy! is this site a rabbit hole or what - and one that I dare not enter too often unless I have an hour or so to spend.


is minnie minoso in the hall of fame?

maurice wheeler

i have for a long time felt minnie should be in the hall i am an avid card collector and admire minnie a lot speed,power,there was not a wall minnie wouldn,t run in to and a lifetime 300 average

Florida Medical Centers

When is 1947, Minoso had a .400, he was one of the most importants at his time.. but now he's still a legend..
I, as destiny, don't know if he is or isn't in the Hall of Fame, But that doesn't mean he wasn't talented...

Jim Jones

Minoso should be in the Hall. If they'll take mediocre pitchers that barely win more than half their decisions like Bert Blyleven they have no reason to deny a guy like Minoso.

George Hesselberg

I am still stuck on Gus Bell, but I was a Minoso fan, too. He shouldn't just be voted in, he should be escorted in.


I agree that Minnie Minoso should be in the Hall of Fame. I also think that anyone whose name has ever been on a Louisville Slugger bat should automatically recieve 50 votes for the Hall of Fame.

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