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Sunday, December 4, 2011
Minoso to find out if he is Hall-worthy

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Minnie Minoso’s call to the Hall could come Monday at baseball’s annual winter meetings in Dallas.

The former Chicago White Sox great, who played in five different decades, could be elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., when results of the 16-member golden era committee (formerly the veterans committee) are released.

Minoso would need 12 votes from the 16 members of the committee to gain enshrinement.

Minoso is one of 10 candidates to be inducted from baseball’s “golden era” which took place from 1947-72. Other candidates are Ron Santo, Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant.

The first player to break the White Sox’s color barrier in 1951, Minoso played 12 of his 17 major-league seasons on the South Side. He batted .298 with 1,136 runs and 1,023 RBIs during his career.

If Minoso is not elected by the committee he is not eligible to be voted in again for another three years. He was on the ballot three previous times.