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Minoso falls short of Hall of Fame

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DALLAS -- White Sox great Minnie Minoso fell three votes short of being elected to the Hall of Fame.

Results of the Golden Era Ballot announced Monday morning, with 12 votes needed for election (75 percent): Ron Santo (15 votes, 93.75%); Jim Kaat (10 votes, 62.5%); Gil Hodges (9 votes, 56.25%); Minnie Minoso (9 votes, 56.25%); Tony Oliva (8 votes, 50%); Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each received less than three votes.

Santo, a nine-time All-Star with the Cubs who hit 342 home runs, finished his career with the White Sox in 1974.

From 1951 to '61, Minoso ranked second in the American League in hits, runs, triples, extra-base hits and total bases - sandwiched between Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Nellie Fox and Yogi Bera in each of those categories. Minoso was selected to nine AL All-Star teams and finished in the top four of the American League MVP voting four times. He broke the White Sox color barrier, becoming the first black player in franchise history.

While most baseball people saw Minoso as a moderate long shot, Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said he was "stunned" that Minoso did not get in.

"I really thought he'd get 16 votes,'' Reinsdorf said.

The 16-member Golden Era Committee was comprised of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Pat Gillick, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson and Billy Williams; major league executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael and Al Rosen; and veteran media Dick Kaegel, Jack O'Connell and Dave van Dyck. Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark served as non-voting chairman of the Golden Era Committee.

"I wasn't in the room. I didn't hear the deliberations," Reinsdorf said. "It's hard to criticize the people who were there when I wasn't there myself. I don't understand it

"His numbers jump off the page at you. His accomplishments are incredible," Reinsdorf said. "I wonder if this business of coming back in different decades hurt him in some way. I don't know.''

Reinsdorf called Minoso after the announcement and said Minoso remained upbeat in typical Minoso fashion.

"Obviously, I'm going to try to talk to people on the committee and find out what went wrong, although they're not supposed to tell you how they voted. I know last year people tried to pump me for how I voted, and I wouldn't tell anybody."

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My main beef with this committee is this- didn't they learn from the guilt of rejecting Santo year after year- only to elect him posthumously? Now do they have to wait for Minnie to die too? Can't they reward some of these guys before they drop dead?/ Geeez!

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