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Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned

GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his first at-bat in a White Sox uniform, on May 1, 1951 at Comiskey Park, Minnie Minoso homered off Yankees pitcher Vic Raschi.

It was the start of a beautiful relationship between Minoso and Sox fans, one that continued for 64 years until his death Sunday morning. He was Chicago's first black major league player.

Every player insists he loves to play the game. But no one loved it enough to keep playing at 70, as Minoso did for one at-bat as DH in 1993 with the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League. He famously played in the majors for parts of five decades, which may be his legacy, and perhaps hurt his chances of being voted into the Baseball Hall of...