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Minnie Minoso dies


CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago baseball fans have lost another one of their best players.

The Cook County medical examiner has confirmed that former White Sox star Minnie Minoso has died. Minoso became the majors' first black player for a Chicago team and hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat. He played 12 of his 17 seasons with the White Sox, hitting .304 with 135 home runs and 808 RBIs for the franchise.

One of two players in major league history to play in five decades, he got his final hit in 1976 at age 53 and went 0-for-2 in two games in 1980 for the White Sox. The Chisox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and later erected a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.

There is some question about Minoso's age, but the White Sox say he was 90. His death comes a little more than a month after Cubs infielder and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks died.

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