Nicknamed the "Cuban Comet", "Minnie" Minoso began his professional career in the Cuban league in 1945. The following season he joined the New York Cubans of the Negro League, and sometime during the 1948 season he signed with the Cleveland Indians. With no position open at the Major League level, the Indians sent him to the minors for the 1949 and 1950 seasons. At the end of April in 1951, the Indians traded him to the Chicago White Sox, and he immediately tore through the AL like a comet tears through space. Had Minoso held an MLB job from the start, he would likely have a bronze plaque hanging in Cooperstown.
Minoso's days as a Negro League ballplayer are recalled with this 1949 New York Cubans Negro League replica jersey. Produced by Headmaster, this mammoth Black Diamond Authentic Series jersey is tagged as size "60" on the collar. Boasting superior quality construction and materials, this like-new jersey is stitched with "Barrier Breakers Collection" and "Minnie Minoso 1949" labels on the tail at front right and the array of patches on both the front and back make for strong display appeal. Minoso has signed on the right breast in Spanish language style, with the salutation "Sinceramente", his name "Saturnino Orestes Arrieta Armas, Minnie Minoso" and his uniform number inscription "#9". Auction LOA from JSA.