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Minnie Minoso

Minnie Minoso

Minoso didn't get a chance to play regularly in the major leagues until he was 25 years old due to the color barrier. As a result he probably missed four years, and at his expected hit level at that age of 160 per season (which may be low, but we'll go with it), that means Minnie lost roughly 640 hits. He still collected 1,963 hits in the big leagues, so given those 640 he would come in around 2,600 for a full MLB career without the prejudice he received for not having white skin. With 2,600 hits and 250 homers and probably 1,400 RBI to go along with a near .300 average, those numbers would make him a Hall of Famer. Or at least real damn close. But, Minoso is not in the Hall of Fame. The fact that several Negro Leaguers are in the Hall based on what we think they may have done in the majors, while Minoso is not in even though we can see very clearly how great he was, is a farce. The Hall of Fame's Committee on Veterans should correct the mistake. Most Stolen Bases, 1950-1959 Willie Mays ... 179 Minnie Minoso ... 167 Richie Ashburn ... 158 Jim Rivera ... 150 Luis Aparicio ... 134 Jackie Jensen ... 134 Jim Gilliam ... 132 Pee Wee Reese ... 124 Bill Bruton ... 121 Jackie Robinson ... 109 Most Hits, 1950-1959 Richie Ashburn ... 1875 Nellie Fox ... 1837 Stan Musial ... 1771 Alvin Dark ... 1675 Duke Snider ... 1605 Gus Bell ... 1551 Minnie Minoso ... 1526 Red Schoendienst ... 1517 Yogi Berra ... 1499 Gil Hodges ... 1491