Minnie Minoso, Your Name is a Song

by James Finn Garner

Minnie Minoso
Your name is a song

And why it took so long
To integrate Chicago baseball
God only knows

But you came and showed
The joy of speed
The command of glove
And changed the game
But why do I love
You, Orestes, besides your name?

The Cuban Comet
You flared and flamed
and lit up the place
Wherever you came

Minnie Minoso
Your name is a song
I hope to recall
My whole life long


Published in Chicago White Sox, Free Verse, James Finn Garner, Players, The Game Itself | Link to this poem | 3 Comments

Minnie Minoso, Your Name is a Song: 3 Comments

  1. Elliott Kolker wrote,

    Not many recall that Minnie was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Cunningham in 1962. The oldest 36 year old between Satchel and Fernando, he never adjusted to a change in leagues, barely hitting his weight in 39 games before running into a wall, ending his season. The next year, he was back in the Junior Circuit. The year after that, he “retired” as a White Sox for the first time.

    I was always proud to call him a Redbird.

  2. Elliott Kolker wrote,

    PS:Always had an affinity for Minnie Minoso. My Grandmother’s name was Minnie. She was from Chicago.

  3. James Finn Garner wrote,

    Minnie was a good bird, no matter where he played.

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