Charlie Williams, a Flushing native who was traded for Willie Mays after pitching in 31 games for the 1971 Mets, died on Jan. 27. Bill Monbouquette, the Mets pitching coach in 1982 and 1983, died on Jan. 25.
Minnie Minoso may be best remembered for appearing in at least one Major League Baseball game in five different decades, but that ignores his skill as a baseball player.
After beginning his career in the Negro Leagues with the New York Cubans, Minoso made his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1949. In his first full big league season, after being traded to the Chicago White Sox, Minoso was an All-Star and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting.
During 11 years as a full-time player, Minoso was a seven-time All-Star and won three Gold Gloves. He also finished in the top ten for MVP voting five times.
In a career that spanned parts of 17 seasons (including post-retirement cameos with the White Sox in 1976 and 1980), Minoso appeared in 1,835 games and had 1,963 hits, 186 home runs, 1,023 RBI and 1,136 runs scored.
I got this baseball card, from Minoso’s last full season with the White Sox, signed through a sports card show organized by JP’s Sports & Rock Solid Promotions in 2013.