Chicagoans say final farewell to White Sox great Minnie Minoso

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CHICAGO (AP) — A funeral service was held Saturday for Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso.

Hundreds of people attended the service Saturday at Holy Family Church in Chicago.

The Havana native and major league baseball's first black Latino star died Sunday. He was believed to be 90.

Known as the "Cuban Comet," Minoso was part of a wave of black players who transformed the game.

Former White Sox player Frank Thomas, Chicago Cubs legend Billy Williams, and former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley were among those in attendance at Minoso's funeral.

Speaking to the crowd, Mayor Rahm Emanuel recalled naysayers who said Minoso had two strikes against him: He was black and Latino. Emanuel said Minoso answered back by hitting a two-run homer in his first time at bat.

A procession immediately followed the memorial service and passed U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox where a statue of Minoso stands.

Related: Watch the memorial service for Minnie Minoso

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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1 Comment

  • Paul Rafferty

    I thought your coverage of the funeral was excellent. I went to the wake Friday and spoke with Cecilia, Marylin and Orestes, Jr. A very nice family. As I watched the funeral and aftermath I noticed that Orestes, Jr. was missing. Ihope he is all right.