From White Sox media relations
White Sox legend Minnie Minoso has been 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 Hall of Fame's Historical Overview Committee announced the Golden Era ballot today, and 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.
Minoso was named to this year's ballot after a five-decade career, with his greatest contributions coming during baseball's Golden Era, a timeframe defined as 1947-1972. This is Minoso's third time (2003, 2005 and 2007) on the final ballot since the previously-named Veterans Committee was restructured in 2001.
Minoso played 17 seasons in the major leagues, including 12 with the White Sox. He broke the Sox color barrier in 1951 and is one of just two players in major-league history to appear in a game in five different decades. He was selected to nine American League All-Star Teams, won three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards®, was named the 1951 Sporting News Rookie of the Year and finished in the top four of the AL Most Valuable Player voting four times.
If Minoso is not chosen for induction, he will not be eligible for consideration for three years, when the committee again will chose candidates from the Golden Era.
Other finalists on the ballot include Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds, Ron Santo and Luis Tiant.