The 10 Greatest Cuban Major Leaguers

Baseball has long been Cuba's national obsession; but few of the island's stars ever made it to the majors. These are the best that found their way to MLB

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Minnie Miñoso
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2. Minnie Miñoso

MLB's first Latin superstar, Miñoso was one of the most exciting players of the 1950s and early 1960s, leading the AL in triples and stolen bases three times, winning three Gold Gloves in the outfield and posting a .298/.389/.459 career slash line.

He returned to the majors in 1976 as a coach for Bill Veeck's Chicago White Sox, and –  though he was fifty at the time – wound up DHing for three games that year, becoming one of the oldest players to hit safely in a major league game. He also made professional appearances in three subsequent decades (with the White Sox in 1980, and with the independent St. Paul Saints in 1993 and 2003), becoming baseball's first seven-decade professional player. Like Oliva, Miñoso also fell short in this year's Golden Era HOF voting.

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