Minnie Minoso was the first black Latino major leaguer in 1949, when he made debut with the Cleveland Indians. He was to future Latino baseball players what Jackie Robinson was to future African-American baseball players. Minoso helped pave the way for many Latino stars who followed him, including Roberto Clemente, Luis Tiant, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Perez, Juan Marichal and many more. Minoso died on March 1 at age 89.
Minoso’s son, Orestes Jr., played for six seasons in the minors in the Royals and White Sox organizations and the Mexican League.
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