Sox To Honor Minoso’s Historic Debut
Friday, May 1, 2015
Sixty-Four Years Ago Today
On May 1, 1951, Minnie Minoso became the first black player in White Sox history. All he did that day was step to the plate for the first time in a Sox uniform and hit a home run–his first in the major leagues–into the center-field bleachers at Comiskey Park against the Yankees. Minoso batted third and played third base during the Sox’ 8-3 victory.
Tonight in Minneapolis White Sox players will pay tribute to the anniversary of Minoso’s historic Sox debut. They will wear wristbands adorned with Minnie’s No. 9 and the word, “Gracias.” The Sox legend, of course, passed away on March 1, two months ago to the day.
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 6.55) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 4.84) for Minnesota.
“Q” will be making his fifth start of the season and first against the Twins. He posted a no-decision in his last start on April 24 vs. the Royals, allowing just two runs on seven hits over seven strong innings of work.
Last Night’s Highlights
Alexei Ramirez, Melky Cabrera, Avi Garcia and Micah Johnson each collected a pair of hits while Cabrera and Joe Abreu drove in a run apiece in the loss to the Twins…Scott Carroll pitched three perfect innings a day after he tossed two scoreless in Baltimore on Wednesday…Dan Jennings pitched a perfect seventh inning.
Sox-cess Off the Field
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-2, 5.23) vs. TBA for Minny.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 20 on April 25, the Sox won their eighth in a row to go 16-4 on the season with a 6-0 victory against the A’s in Oakland. Jon Garland pitched a four-hit, complete game shutout for his fourth win without a defeat. Carl Everett, Paul Konerko and Chris Widger (two-run homer) each drove in a pair of runs. Pablo Ozuna stole two bases.
Photos of the Day
Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 30, 2015