Friday, June 08, 2012

Box Score of the Week

As the 1980 regular season was winding down, the Chicago White Sox hosted the then California Angels.


Minnie Minoso is one of only two players in Major League Baseball history to play in five different decades. He played the bulk of his career from 1949-1964. Then as a publicity stunt engineered by Chicago White Sox owner (and proverbial circus master) Bill Veeck, Minoso made appearances in MLB games for the Sox in 1976 and 1980 to attain the record of playing in five decades. 

Minoso's final major league game is the one I've referenced above.

On a side note, Veeck's son Mike, who owns the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League, allowed Minoso to join the club for pinch hitting apperances in 1993 and 2003. As a result, Minoso is the one and only player to play professionally in seven different decades.


1 comment:

Mr. D said...

Finally, one I know. Minnie Minoso extends his career into the 1980s, making him the first (and I think) only player to play in major league games in five different decades (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s). And if I remember correctly, he got an at-bat with the St. Paul Saints in the 1990s, too.