adam laroche is sporting the memorial patch worn by the white sox for minnie minoso on this 2015 topps stadium club card
the last two appearances, in 1976 and 1980, were part of a plan by veeck to allow minoso to play professionally in his fourth and fifth decades. minoso had debuted with the cleveland indians in 1949, and so had played in the 40's, 50's, and 60's during his prime years. as a 50-year old in 1976, minoso was used as a designated hitter, going 1 for 8 with a single and becoming the third-oldest player to hit safely in a game. in 1980, minoso was used twice as a pinch-hitter, and was 0 for 2 in those at bats. minoso wanted to appear in a game in 1990, but major league baseball denied the 64-year old's request.
minoso did get to appear in a game during the 1990's, however, as veeck's son mike - a co-owner of the independent league saint paul saints - gave him an at bat in 1993. then, in 2003, minoso led off for the saints and drew a walk before being lifted for a pinch runner who was probably at least 50 years younger than the 77-ish minoso. i was actually at that game as fate would have it - it was also a saints hat giveaway night with green hats provided by general mills brand lucky charms. good times.