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    Sep 27, 2006 - Moises Alou of the Giants became the fourth 40-year-old to steal home since 1957 when he does it on a double steal with Ray Durham. Alou joins Paul Molitor, Minnie Minoso and Dave Concepcion. Alou’s theft gives the Giants a short-lived 3–2 lead, but Arizona wins, 6–3.

    Jul 16, 2003 - Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st player to play professional baseball in 7 decades when he walks in the 1st inning as DH for the St. Paul Saints in their Northern League game against Gary. Minoso currently works in the Chicago White Sox community relations department.

    Jun 30, 1993 - No mas. 70-year-old Minnie Minoso‚ signed by Mike Veeck‚ appears as a DH for the St. Paul Saints in a game against Thunder Bay in the independent Northern League. Minoso grounds back to pitcher Yoshi Seo in his only at bat.

    Apr 10, 1991 - Sixty-eight-year-old Minnie Minoso is denied a chance to appear in a professional game in his 6th consecutive decade by baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. Minoso had been scheduled to suit up for the independent Miami Miracle of the Class A Florida State League in their April 13 game against the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees. Vincent refuses to allow Minoso to sign a contract‚ even for a single night.

    Aug 29, 1985 - In the Yankees 4-0 win over the AngelsDon Baylor is hit by a pitch (from Kirk McCaskill) for the 190th time‚ breaking the AL record of 189 set by Minnie Minoso.

    Oct 4, 1980 - LaMarr Hoyt (9-3) of the White Sox stops California‚ 4-2‚ but the big attraction is DH Minnie Minoso‚ 57 (or 54‚ according to his autobiography). Facing Frank Tanana for the 2nd time in 5 years‚ Minnie goes 0-for-2. Minoso's appearance‚ thanks to Bill Veeck‚ puts him with Nick Altrock as a 5-decade man in the ML. His next appearance will be for another Veeck team‚ St. Paul‚ in 1993.

    Sep 30, 1976 - The Chicago White Sox try a different approach against California‚ using a lineup in numerical order by field position. As noted by historian Greg Beeson‚ the batting order is: Downing-2: L. Johnson-3: Stein-4: Bell-5: Dent-6: Bannister-7: Lemon-8: Hairston-9. Finishing off the lineup is 53-year-old DH Minnie Minoso. The Angels are unimpressed‚ winning‚ 7-3‚ behind Sid Monge. Facing Monge for the 2nd time this year‚ Minnie is 0-for-2. Minnie's next appearance will be on October 4‚ 1980.

    Sep 12, 1976 - DH Minnie Minoso singles for the White Sox against the Angels Sid Monge. At 53‚ Minoso is believed the oldest ever to collect a hit in the ML (although he says in his autobiography that he was born in 1925‚ not 1922 as listed in the record books). But research by historian Bill Carle will reveal that Jim O'Rourke‚ who hit safely on September 22‚ 1904 was 54 years and ten-months old. Minnie will make another appearance against Monge on September 30‚ going 0-for-2. Monge loses today‚ 2-1‚ with the victory going to Goose Gossage.

    Sep 11, 1976 - Minnie Minoso comes to bat for the White Sox after a 12-year hiatus. He goes hitless in his 3 at bats against Frank Tanana‚ but his appearance makes him one of a handful of ML players to play in 4 decades. His at bat in 1980 will match him with Nick Altrock as a 5-decade player. California wins‚ 7-3.

    Oct 12, 1963 - In the first (and last) Hispanic American major league all-star game‚ the NL team beats the AL 5-2 at the Polo Grounds. The game features such names as Minnie MinosoTony OlivaRoberto ClementeOrlando CepedaJulian JavierFelipe AlouLuis Aparicio‚ and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power receives a pregame award as the number-one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal strikes out 6 in 4 innings‚ though reliever Al McBean is the winner. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drives in 2 against loser Pedro Ramos.

    May 11, 1962 - Minnie Minoso of the Cardinals suffers a fractured skull and broken wrist running into the outfield wall while chasing a Duke Snider triple. The Dodgers win 8-5. Minnie will be out of action until July 19th‚ then go back on the DL on August 18th when Craig Anderson hits him with a pitch breaking his left forearm.

    Nov 27, 1961 - The White Sox again trade fan favorite Minnie Minoso‚ this time to St. Louis for OF/1B Joe Cunningham.

    May 18, 1961 - Ryne Duren comes in for the Angels and notches 4 strikeouts in the 7th inning against the White Sox. He fans Minnie MinosoRoy Sievers‚ J. C. Martin‚ and Sammy Esposito to tie the ML record. One pitch eludes C Del Rice and results in the winning run. Chicago takes it 6-4.

    Apr 19, 1960 - Before a home crowd of 41‚661‚ Minnie Minoso celebrates his return to the White Sox with a 4th-inning grand slam against Kansas City. Leading off the bottom of the 9th with the score tied 9-9‚ Minoso hits a solo homer for his 6th RBI.

    Dec 6, 1959 - The White Sox reacquire Minnie Minoso‚ along with C Dick Brown and pitchers Jake Striker and Don Ferrarese from the Indians. The give up young 1B Norm Cash‚ OF Bubba Phillips‚ and C Johnny Romano.

    Jul 17, 1959 - In a dispute with the umpires‚ Cleveland manager Joe Gordon is ejected. Cleveland OF Minnie Minoso refuses to stand in the batter's box until the argument is over. Umpire Frank Umont calls him out on strikes. The enraged Minoso charges Umont and gets the thumb also. The Indians win 8-7 to stay on the heels of Chicago.

    Dec 4, 1957 - The White Sox send fan-favorite Minnie Minoso and INF Fred Hatfield to the Indians for P Early Wynn and OF Al Smith. Wynn coming off his 1st losing season‚ will rebound with the White Sox‚ topping the AL in wins and innings in 1959. The trade was the first for the new Indians' GM Frank Lane.

    Jul 9, 1957 - At Sportsman's Park in St. Louis‚ the AL nips the NL 6-5 in the 24th All-Star Game. Both teams score 3 in the 9th inning‚ but Minnie Minoso's running catch with the bases loaded chokes off the NL's last-half rally.

    May 18, 1955 - At the Stadium‚ Mantle's 8th inning grand slam off Mike Fornieles powers the Yankees past the White Sox‚ 11-6. In the play before Mantle's blast‚ a grounder was ruled a dead ball after Hank Bauer interfered with Nellie Fox at 2nd‚ leaving the sacks jammed. The Sox lose Minnie Minoso for 2 weeks with a hairline fracture of the skull after he is hit by a pitch from Bob Grim.

    Apr 23, 1955 - The visiting White Sox erupt for 29 hits in a 29-6 ripping of Kansas City. C Sherm Lollar becomes the only man in the decade to get 2 hits in one inning twice in the same game. Lollar's feat comes in the 2nd and 6th innings. Chico Carrasquel goes 5-for-6 as the White Sox pound out 7 HRs. Bob Nieman has 7 RBIs to pace the Sox offensive attack with 2 homers; Lollar (2)‚ Walt Dropo‚ pitcher Jack Harshman‚ and Minnie Minoso also homer. Chico Carrasquel and Minoso each score 5 runs. KC gets homers from Vic Power and Bill Renna. Bobby Shantz takes the loss.

    Aug 13, 1954 - In a brilliant pitcher's duel‚ Chicago's Jack Harshman and Detroit's Al Aber go head to headf for 16 innings before the Sox win it on a one-out run scoring triple by Minnie Minoso. Nellie Fox scores from 1st. Harshman strikes out 12 and has now pitched 28 consecutive scoreless innings. Wayne Belardi‚ who enters in the 13th inning‚ bats out of turn in the 15th and bats his regular turn in the next inning.

    Jul 4, 1954 - In a near no-hitter‚ Indians Mike Garcia‚ Ray Narleski‚ and Early Wynn‚ in a rare relief role‚ shut down the White Sox 2-1‚ only allowing Minnie Minoso's 9th-inning single. Minnie's single off Wynn comes with 2 outs in the 9th‚ and he is then caught stealing. Red hot Larry Doby drives in both runs.

    Apr 14, 1953 - In the opener at Cleveland‚ Bob Lemon of the Indians one-hits the White Sox‚ 6-0. Minnie Minoso's single in the first is the only safety for Chicago. Jim Rivera almost breaks the shutout in the 2nd frame when he walks‚ steals 2B‚ reaches 3B on a ground out and is out at home on an attempted steal. Avila homers as does WP Lemon‚ both off Rogovin‚ who lasts 4 innings.

    Nov 15, 1951 - The White Sox object to Gil McDougald's accolade‚ offering the statistical accomplishments of their superlative rookie‚ Minnie Minoso.

    May 1, 1951 - The Yankees' new phenom‚ Mickey Mantle‚ connects for his first ML HR‚ off Randy Gumpert of the White Sox. Minnie Minoso becomes the first black to play for the White Sox. He plays 3B and‚ facing Vic Raschi in his first ML at bat‚ rips a HR to CF. The Yankees win 8-3‚ with Mantle collecting 3 RBIs.

    Apr 30, 1951 - In a complex 3-way deal‚ the White Sox get OF/3B Minnie Minoso from the Indians and OF Paul Lehner from the Athletics. Philadelphia sends P Lou Brissie to Cleveland and gets OF Gus Zernial and Dave Philley from Chicago and P Sam Zoldak and C Ray Murray from Cleveland. Hard-luck lefty Lou Brissie is considered the plum in the proceedings. Rookie Minoso‚ who hit .339 at San Diego (PCL) last year is leading all Indian hitters with a .461 mark.

    May 5, 1949 - At Cleveland‚ Bob Feller‚ making his first start since pitching two innings in the season opener and coming up with a sore shoulder‚ beats the Red Sox‚ 7-3. The Tribe scores six in the 2nd inning‚ including Ken Keltner's three run homer off Jack Kramer. On the next pitch‚ Minnie Minoso making his second start‚ hits his first major-league homer. Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr hit 8th-inning homers for Boston‚ while Joe Gordon adds a homer in the 5th for Cleveland.

    Sep 22, 1904 - In the opener of a twinbill with the Reds‚ the Giants win‚ 7-5‚ behind Joe McGinnity. Their 100th win‚ it clinches the NL pennant for New York. In the final game of his 19-year career as an OF/C‚ future Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke‚ 54 years ten months old (according to research by historian Bill Carle)‚ catches for McGinnity. It is O'Rourke's first ML game since 1893 (Benton Stark writes that O'Rourke hit .358 in 1900‚ but it was not in OB) and he is 1-for-4 and scores a run. He is the oldest to hit safely‚ with Minnie Minoso‚ at 53 years 10 months‚ in second place when he hits safely in 1976. He'll be elected to Cooperstown in 1945. The Reds come back in the nitecap to win‚ 7-3‚ in 7 innings‚ beating Hooks Wiltse.

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