MINNIE MIÑOSO “The Cuban Comet” Born: November 29, 1923 in Perico, Cuba Died: March 1, 2015 (age 91) Position: Outfielder, third baseman Bats: Right / Throws: Right Hall of Fame induction: 2022 Teams: Cleveland Indians (1949, 1951, 1958, 1959), Chicago White Sox (1951-1957, 1960-1961, 1964, 1976, 1980), St. Louis Cardinals (1962), Washington Senators (1963) MLB debut: 1949 A speedy, high-average hitting star with the Negro League’s New York Cubans, Orestes "Minnie" Miñoso made his MLB debut in 1949 with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first Afro-Latino player in the big leagues two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
TONY OLIVA "Tony-O" Born: July 20, 1938 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba Position: Outfielder Bats: Left / Throws: Right Hall of Fame induction: 2022 Team: Minnesota Twins, 15 years (1962-1976) MLB debut: September 9, 1962 Final game: September 29, 1976 A smooth-swinging, left-handed hitting machine and one of the first Cuban-born hitting stars in baseball’s post-integration era, Tony Oliva was a three-time American League batting champion and eight-time All-Star in a 15-year career with the Minnesota Twins. Oliva, who made his MLB debut in 1962, made a splash as a full-time player in 1964, when the 25-year-old right-fielder won the
DAVID ORTIZ "Big Papi" Born: November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Position: Designated Hitter Bats: Right / Throws: Right Hall of Fame induction: 2022 Teams: Minnesota Twins (6 years, 1997-2002), Boston Red Sox (14 years, 2003-2016) MLB debut: September 2, 1997 One of the most feared hitters of his generation, Ortiz’s 541 career home runs ranks 17th all-time list and his 1,768 RBI is 22nd all-time. Among designated hitters, he is the all-time leader in home runs (485), RBI (1,569), and hits (2,192). One of the greatest clutch hitters in history, Ortiz had 11 career walk-off home runs in the regular season and two
When pitcher Orlando Hernandez joined the New York Yankees rotation in 1998, Major League Baseball fans soon discovered what fans in his native Cuba had known for more than a decade. The right-handed hurler nicknamed “El Duque” (The Duke) was a very special player. It wasn’t just his unorthodox and unforgettable delivery — a high leg kick that brought his bent knee next to his head — or the way he deceived batters with an array of pitches that made him stand out. Hernandez was simply a winner, an unflappable clutch performer both as a star in Cuba who won