Nov. 29: On this day in 1923, Saturnino Orestes Armas (Arrieta) “Minnie” Miñoso was born in Perico, Matanzas, Cuba.
Miñoso, who played in the majors in five different decades — from 1949-1964, plus 1976 and 1980 — was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. He played 14 seasons for Marianao between 1945-61,
According to Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Miñoso (shown in a 1947 Casa Caluff postcard) ranks second in Cuban League history in runs scored (504), triples (51) and home runs (66). He was the league’s rookie of the year in 1945-46. Twice, he was the league’s MVP (1952-53 and 1956-57).
His MVP season in 1956-57 marked his and Marianao’s first Cuban League pennant, a feat the club repeated in 1957-58.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s eMuseum has five interesting video interviews with Miñoso on various subjects, including:
Believing he would never play in the majors because he was black, 
The differences between racism in Cuba vs. the United States and 
Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier.

Nov. 29: On this day in 1923, Saturnino Orestes Armas (Arrieta) “Minnie” Miñoso was born in Perico, Matanzas, Cuba.

Miñoso, who played in the majors in five different decades — from 1949-1964, plus 1976 and 1980 — was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. He played 14 seasons for Marianao between 1945-61,

According to Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878-1961, Miñoso (shown in a 1947 Casa Caluff postcard) ranks second in Cuban League history in runs scored (504), triples (51) and home runs (66). He was the league’s rookie of the year in 1945-46. Twice, he was the league’s MVP (1952-53 and 1956-57).

His MVP season in 1956-57 marked his and Marianao’s first Cuban League pennant, a feat the club repeated in 1957-58.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s eMuseum has five interesting video interviews with Miñoso on various subjects, including:

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