Presidential Papers, March 2015

Contents:
Author: Barack H. Obama

Show Summary

Statement on the Death of Minnie Miñoso

March 1, 2015

For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Miñoso is and will always be "Mr. White Sox."

The first Black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to the United States from Cuba even though he could have made more money elsewhere. He came up through the Negro Leagues and didn't speak much English at first. And as he helped to integrate baseball in the 1950s, he was a target of racial slurs from fans and opponents, sometimes forced to stay in different motels from his teammates. But his speed, his power, and his resilient optimism earned him multiple All-Star appearances and Gold Gloves in left field, and he became one of the most dominant and dynamic players of the 1950s.

Minnie may have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and for generations of Black and Latino young people, Minnie's quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque ever could.

Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and fans in Chicago, Cleveland, and around the world.

Contents:

Related Resources

None available for this document.

Download Options


Title: Presidential Papers, March 2015

Select an option:

*Note: A download may not start for up to 60 seconds.

Email Options


Title: Presidential Papers, March 2015

Select an option:

Email addres:

*Note: It may take up to 60 seconds for for the email to be generated.

Chicago: Barack H. Obama, "Statement on the Death of Minnie Miñoso," Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2015] in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2015] (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, March 1, 2015), Original Sources, accessed July 1, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S3A6JYSH3RAQD5F.

MLA: Obama, Barack H. "Statement on the Death of Minnie Miñoso." Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2015], in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2015], Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, March 1, 2015, Original Sources. 1 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S3A6JYSH3RAQD5F.

Harvard: Obama, BH, 'Statement on the Death of Minnie Miñoso' in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2015]. cited in March 1, 2015, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for March 2015], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.. Original Sources, retrieved 1 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=S3A6JYSH3RAQD5F.