Former White Sox great Minnie Minoso was once struck by a pitch and homered in the same at bat, a strange feat considering you're supposed to take first base after being hit. He told reporters the story to illustrate his aggressive hitting style. In a minor league game, Minoso turned into a pitch that struck him. The umpire refused to give him the base. Minoso hung in and homered later in the same at bat. After he rounded the bases, the umpire asked if he was happy with the way things turned out. “Give me my first base the first time,” Minoso told the ump.
In an era where pitchers hit batters for encroaching on their territory, Minoso dug in and crouched low, limiting the size of the strike zone. His cavalier stance helped him to a .298 career batting average, with 1,023 RBIs. Crowding the plate and being one of only a handful of blacks in the major leagues made him a target for stray pitches. He was plunked a total of 192 times in his career. In 10 of his 17 seasons he led the league in the number of times being hit.
Minoso was the ninth black player in the major leagues, and first for the White Sox, arriving in 1951. He was the first publicly acknowledged Cuban ball player in Major League Baseball. His speed on the base pads earned him the nickname “the Cuban Comet.” Minoso spent 13 full seasons and part of four others in the major leagues spanning from 1949 to 1980. He was also a three time Gold Glove winner, despite the fact that the award didn’t exist until he was 35 years old. He was elected into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the World Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.