Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is honoring the late Minnie Minoso on Friday by wearing Minoso's jersey during the team's home opener.
Minoso died on March 1 at the age of 89. He was the White Sox' first black player.
According to Chicago beat writer Scott Merkin, Ramirez came up with the idea and got permission from owner Jerry Reinsdorf and vice president/general manager Rick Hahn. Merkin said the Twins and the umpires were notified before the game and that the Minoso family felt it was a great way to honor the legend's memory.
The White Sox also honored Minoso before the game with a tribute.
The Cuban-born Minoso was a seven-time All-Star and is a top 10 all-time White Sox leader in hits, RBIs, runs and total bases. His career spanned from his debut season in 1949, when a 23-year-old Minoso logged three hits over nine games for the Cleveland Indians, to 1964.
- Molly Geary