From White Sox Media Relations
Panelists Include Historians, Statistical Experts, Hall-of-Famers and Former Teammates
WHAT: The White Sox announced details of the "Minnie Minoso Hall of Fame Forum" on Thursday, November 17 at U.S. Cellular Field. The forum will celebrate Minoso's legendary career and promote his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The forum, which will be hosted by ESPN's Pedro Gomez, includes panels comprised of historians, statistical experts, former teammates and opponents of Minoso and current and potential Hall-of-Fame players.
Role as a Trailblazer: Author and professor Adrian Burgos Jr. discusses Minoso in the context of Cuban baseball, his Negro League experience and his role as the "Jackie Robinson of Latino players."
Historical Context: Journalist and author Bob Vandenberg, historian Rich Lindberg and New York Times writer Stuart Miller examine Minoso's career and Hall-of-Fame case in a historical context.
Statistical Analysis: Don Zminda of Stats LLC, Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions and Vince Gennaro, author and president of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), talk about Minoso's case for Cooperstown from a statistical perspective.
On the Field: Former teammates Billy Pierce, Jim Landis and Jim Rivera talk about playing with Minoso.
Impact on Other Players: Tony Pérez, a seven-time All-Star, 2000 Hall-of-Fame inductee and Cuba native, and Luis Tiant, a three-time All-Star, Cuba native and fellow candidate on the Golden Era ballot, explain how they looked up to Minoso and the opportunities he created for them.
"Mr. White Sox": The man of the hour, Minnie Minoso, talks to Pedro Gomez and reflects on his illustrious baseball career.
Minoso was named a candidate for baseball's Hall of Fame Class of 2012 and will be considered for enshrinement by the 16-member Golden Era Committee. The committee will vote on the 10 candidates at the Winter Meetings in Dallas on December 5. The Golden Era Committee's 16 members consist of Hall of Famers, executives, historians and media members. A candidate must receive 75% support (12 votes) for induction.
The forum will be streamed live on whitesox.com. To learn about Minoso and his case for the Hall of Fame, visit whitesox.com/minnie. The site includes testimonials, career highlights, archival audio and video clips, photographs, a biography and an interview with Minoso.
WHEN: Thursday, November 17
· Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Luncheon
· 1:00 p.m.: Forum Begins
WHERE: U.S. Cellular Field
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