Mr. White Sox

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The White Sox's First Black Player

Built in 1910, old Comiskey Park was located here on the south side of Chicago. “The baseball palace of the world” was home to the White Sox for eighty seasons before being torn down in 1991 when the Sox moved into new Comiskey Park, now called Guaranteed Rate Field. 

It was here in 1951 that Minnie Miñoso, the Cuban comet, first came up to bat for the White Sox. Miñoso was the first black player on either Chicago team and in his first at-bat, he hit a homerun. In the parking lot across 35th Street from Guaranteed Rate Field, you will find a marker commemorating the location of home plate at old Comiskey Park.

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Watch Miñoso, one of the most popular White Sox players of all time, return to that home plate and relive that moment, looking out where there was once a ballpark.

“I do everything for baseball, I do everything for baseball…I given my life to the game and I think the game give me everything I am.” -Minnie Miñoso
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