Alexei Ramirez pays jersey tribute to Minnie Minoso


CHICAGO -- As it turns out, Minnie Minoso will end up being represented in a major league game for a sixth different decade.

Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez wore a uniform top with a No. 9 and Minoso's name on the back for Friday's home opener against the Minnesota Twins. Ramirez typically wears uniform No. 10.

It was the first White Sox home game since Minoso passed away March 1 at the age of 90.

Minoso was a seven-time All-Star who made his major league debut in 1949 with the Cleveland Indians and broke the color barrier with the White Sox in 1951.

In addition to being known for finishing in the top five of the MVP voting four separate times, he also is recognized for two brief returns with the White Sox, long after retired following the 1964 season. Minoso was able to see time in five separate decades when he played three games in 1976 and two in 1980.

After 35 years, a Minoso White Sox uniform was back on the field. A White Sox spokesperson said the uniform tribute was Ramirez's idea.

Minoso was a Cuba native, as are Ramirez and White Sox teammate Jose Abreu.

"I feel that I'm excited to watch what the team will do for the tribute to Minnie," Abreu said through an interpreter Thursday. "He was a great person. He was an outstanding player. I'm excited to see what the team has planned for that."