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    May 11, 1962: Minnie Minoso Fractures Skull Running Into LF Concrete Wall

    From nationalpastime.com:

    May 11, 1962; "Minnie Minoso suffers a fractured skull and breaks his wrist when he runs into the left-field wall chasing Duke Snider's triple in the Cardinals' 8-5 loss to L.A. at Busch Stadium. The St. Louis outfielder will return to the lineup in mid-July, only to have a bone in his forearm broken when he is hit by a pitch thrown by Craig Anderson of the Mets a month later."
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    Injuries plagued Cardinals career of Minnie Minoso
    https://retrosimba.com/2011/11/30/mi...ardinals-flop/
    Excerpts from the retrosimba.com article:


    "Minoso...opened the 1962 season as the Cardinals’ left fielder. He started two games before pulling a rib muscle in batting practice. It was nearly two weeks before he recovered.

    "On May 11, ...Minoso was in left field...In the sixth inning...Duke Snider launched a line drive to deep left-center. Minoso chased after it, skidded on the warning track and crashed headfirst into the concrete wall."

    "The collision with the wall left Minoso unconscious. His right eye was completely closed and his head and face were swollen and bleeding...Minoso was carried off on a stretcher and rushed to a hospital...Minoso had a fractured skull and a fractured right wrist. The skull fracture...was three to four inches long above the right ear."

    "According to The Sporting News, Minoso knew he was quite close to the wall, “but I don’t remember after that.”

    "Minoso was sidelined for two months..."

    "...batting in the sixth inning, Minoso was hit on the left arm by a pitch from the Mets’ Craig Anderson..."

    "Two days later, Aug. 21...Minoso appeared as a defensive replacement in left field...but his left arm became swollen. "...Minoso had suffered a broken forearm when hit by the Anderson pitch. His season was finished."
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    September 11, 1976: Minnie Miņoso returns to the majors after 12 seasons
    https://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/sept...er-12-seasons/
    Excerpts from the sabr.org article:


    "In January, Veeck attended the annual Baseball Writers of America dinner to receive a “Comeback of the Year” award. His plus-one was the team’s newest coaching hire, Orestes “Minnie” Miņoso."

    "Veeck’s biggest newsmaker that year was the announcement on September 9 that Minnie Miņoso would return to the field as an active player. Although Minnie’s last major-league at-bat had come in 1964, he had remained active in Mexico through the 1973 season."

    "He’s in remarkable condition,” Veeck assured reporters, predicting, “If he doesn’t get a hit, he’ll get hit by a pitch.”

    "Miņoso had been plunked 192 times as a major leaguer and led the league in HBPs during all but one season between 1951 and 1961."
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    Minnie Miņoso
    https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/minnie-minoso/
    Excerpts from the sabr.org article:


    "In February of 2006, Orestes “Minnie” Miņoso was preparing himself for the day he had anticipated for many years. Considered by a significant group of historians, statisticians, and old-time fans to be among the best baseball players not enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Miņoso awaited the voting results of the Committee on African-American Baseball, a special panel that would open the gates of Cooperstown to overlooked and underappreciated stars of black baseball. However, when the names of the enshrinees were announced, Miņoso’s was not among them."

    "...Miņoso played every position at one time or another as a teenager, but was primarily a catcher. One day, he got whacked on a batter’s follow-through. His mother, who was watching from the stands, ordered him to find a new position. He switched to pitcher, and twirled a no-hitter at the age of 18 against a junior all-star team from Central Espana. The victory was bittersweet for Miņoso, as his mother had died a month earlier."

    "Miņoso infuriated enemy pitchers with his ability to “steal first.” Crowding the plate, he was an expert at leaning in and getting hit by inside pitches, having learned to rotate away at the moment of impact to lessen the severity of the blow. He was plunked a league-leading 16 times in 1951, and repeated as the hit-by-pitch leader in nine of the next 10 seasons."

    "The 1952...Miņoso led the league with 22 steals, batted .281, and had the second-highest slugging mark on the White Sox at .424. He also established himself as the team’s everyday left fielder."

    "In 1953, at age 28, Miņoso did indeed blossom into one of the AL’s best all-around hitters. He batted .313, topped 100 in both runs and RBIs, and helped carried the White Sox offense..."

    "...He crashed 19 home runs and fashioned a .535 slugging average in 1954. In fact, he reached double figures in all three extra-base categories, joining Mickey Mantle and Mickey Vernon as the only batters in the junior circuit to accomplish this feat. Miņoso finished the year with a .320 average and 119 runs scored, and the White Sox rose to 94 wins."

    "In 1993, at the age of 68, Miņoso signed a contract with the independent St. Paul Saints. He grounded out in his only at-bat for the team. The ball and bat were sent to Cooperstown to mark the moment when pro baseball had its first six-decade player. In 2003 Miņoso was at it again, pinch-hitting for the Saints. He took three pitches for balls, then let a fourth pitch go by and trotted toward the first-base bag, still hoping to “steal first.” The umpire would have none of it, calling a strike, Miņoso fouled off the next pitch before letting ball four pass and walking into the history books as a seven-decade pro."

    "Miņoso died in his parked car in Chicago on March 1, 2015. He had been returning home from a friend’s birthday party. The Chicago Tribune reported the cause of death as a tear in his pulmonary artery caused by “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

    "In 2021, Minoso’s Hall of Fame candidacy came up for consideration again, as part of both the Golden Days and Early Baseball committees."

    "In a vote of the Golden Days committee held on December 5, 2021, Minnie Minoso received 14 of a possible 16 votes—two more than the minimum 12 required for enshrinement—to conclude his journey to Cooperstown."
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    Minnie Miņoso
    https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/minoso-minnie
    Excerpts from the baseballhall.org article:


    "Saturnino Orestes Armas Miņoso
    Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 2022
    Primary team: Chicago White Sox
    Primary position: Left Fielder"

    "“Minnie Miņoso is to Latin ballplayers what Jackie Robinson is to black ballplayers,” wrote Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda in his autobiography. “Minnie is the one who made it possible for all us Latins. He was the first Latin player to become a superstar.”
    "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    #2
    20 years earlier the Dodgers Pete Reiser ran into the same wall at Busch Stadium and fractured his skull. One of the best players in the NL at the time he was never the same player after his accident.

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      #3
      Originally posted by ymike673 View Post
      20 years earlier the Dodgers Pete Reiser ran into the same wall at Busch Stadium and fractured his skull. One of the best players in the NL at the time he was never the same player after his accident.
      What is it about St. Louis? I think Earle Combs' career was more or less ended by smashing into the wall at Sportsman's Park around 1934.

      I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "sit down" I stood up.

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        #4
        I wonder if Minnie would have fractured his or Aroldis Chapman's skull had he run into Aroldis Chapman.
        Sometimes I feel like my sell by date expired yesterday.

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