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Minoso falls short in HOF voting
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02/26/2003 12:51 PM ET 
Minoso falls short in HOF voting
Former outfielder will now have to wait until 2005
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Minnie Minoso continues to be popular with White Sox fans at Comiskey Park. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Minnie Minoso's journey from the sugar cane fields of Cuba to the Major Leagues has fallen short of the Hall of Fame.

Minoso finished 11th in the balloting by the Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee, receiving 16 votes of the 81 ballots cast. None of the 26 former players, managers or baseball executives received 75 percent of votes required for induction into the Hall.

The 85-member Veteran's Committee, made up mostly of living Hall of Fame members, announced their selections Wednesday.

Hall of Fame 2003

Induction Ceremony
Sunday, July 27
Cooperstown, New York

The inductees
Gary Carter | Eddie Murray

Schedule of weekend events
Complete coverage

"Cooperstown, that's my last at-bat," Minoso said before the decision was announced. "I'd like to have a clean base hit. It would be fun to enjoy."

Instead, Minoso and the rest of the nominees will have to wait until 2005 when, under the new format, the Veterans Committee takes another vote. Former Minnesota Twins great Tony Olivo and Chicago Cubs standout Ron Santo headed the list of nominees.

Players ballot
 Gil Hodges5061.7%
 Tony Oliva4859.3%
 Ron Santo4656.8%
 Joe Torre2935.8%
 Maury Wills2429.6%
 Vada Pinson2125.9%
 Joe Gordon1923.5%
 Roger Maris1822.2%
 Marty Marion1721.0%
 Carl Mays1619.8%
 Minnie Minoso1619.8%
 Allie Reynolds1619.8%
 Dick Allen1316.0%
 Mickey Lolich1316.0%
 Wes Ferrell1214.8%
 Ken Boyer1113.6%
 Don Newcombe1113.6%
 Curt Flood1012.3%
 Ken R. Williams89.9%
 Rocky Colavito78.6%
 Elston Howard67.4%
 Bob Meusel67.4%
 Bobby Bonds56.2%
 Ted Kluszewski44.9%
 Thurman Munson44.9%
 Mike G. Marshall33.7%
Composite ballot
 Doug Harvey4860.8
 Walter O'Malley3848.1
 Marvin Miller3544.3
 Buzzie Bavasi3443.0
 Dick Williams3341.8
 Whitey Herzog2531.6
 Billy Martin2227.8
 Bill White2227.8
 Bowie Kuhn2025.3
 Gabe Paul1316.5
 August Busch1113.9
 Paul Richards1012.7
 Charley Finley911.4
 Phil Wrigley911.4
 Harry Dalton67.6
"I always respected the game and gave 100 percent," says Minoso, who already has been voted into the Chicago Sportswriters Hall of Fame, the Cuban Hall of Fame in Miami, the Toledo Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Hall of Fame.

Minoso, 77, hit .298 in 1,835 games over 17 big-league seasons after debuting with the Cleveland Indians in 1949. The outfielder played parts of 12 seasons (1951-57, '60-'61, '64, '76, '80) with the White Sox, hitting .304 with 260 doubles, 79 triples, 135 homers, 808 RBIs and 171 stolen bases. He then appeared in three games during 1976 and two games in 1980, becoming the only player in major league history to play in five different decades.

He became the first black player to play baseball on either side of Chicago, when he was traded to the White Sox on April 30, 1951. In his debut the following day, Minoso homered off the Yankees' Vic Raschi in his first at-bat.

A seven-time American League All-Star, Minoso batted .300 eight times and led the league in stolen bases from 1951-53. He was named The Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 1951, won three Gold Gloves for his defensive effort in left field and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting five times.

Minoso, who ranks among the club's all-time leaders in most offensive categories, was one of 27 players named by fans to the White Sox "Team of the Century" on Sept. 30, 2000, commemorating 100 years of White Sox baseball. The club retired his No. 9 jersey in 1983.

Damon P. Young is an editorial producer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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