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Profile of one of baseball's true pioneers. 89 and going strong, Cuban native broke the color and cultural barriers in 1951 in Chicago.

UPDATE: All contributors of $99+ between 3pm Wednesday May 9 and 7:05am May 12 will also receive two tickets to White Sox opening day 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field, courtesy of Mike Fletcher of Totally Tickets (http://www.totallytickets.com/)! 

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Orestes Saturnino Armas Arietta (Minnie) Minoso...A hero to generations of baseball fans and thousands of others:

Born in Cuba, he's 89+ and going strong. Like Jackie Robinson, Minoso was a baseball pioneer as the first Black Latin American star in the major leagues. Minnie broke the color line and was the first Black to wear a uniform in Chicago in 1951. The only player ever in professional ball to play in 7 different decades, he was an 8-time All Star, and had a lifetime .298 average. He missed being elected to Baseball Hall of Fame by three votes in December, 2011.

No documentary has ever been made about Minnie Minoso. He's still sharp and active as an ambassador for the White Sox. NOW is the time to recognize his lifetime achievements. 

More than a year in production, we need money now to finish the documentary. The only way Minnie's story can be told is with your contribution.

I have produced more than 500 documentary programs and have won 4 Emmy awards and many other prizes. Nobody has commissioned this one--I just know we have to finish it. I've been shooting videos with Minnie since 1976.  This documentary is candid, personal, and uses footage that no one else in the world could have.  

               Tom Weinberg and Minnie Minoso in Sarasota, FL, 1976

About half of the movie is intimate footage with Minnie himself, currently over the last 35 years. You've never seen this personal side of him before.

We have also recorded dozens of current interviews with people who know and admire him (including Hall of Famer Tony Perez, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, White Sox principal owner Jerry Reinsdorf, and professor/author Adrian Burgos, and dozens of fans and family).

We are in final stages of creating a timeless documentary about an amazing and wonderful guy who overcame huge odds to reach great success as a player and a human being. 

Minnie has said "Baseball Has Been Very Very, Good to Me" for decades. And it's true.

With YOUR HELP, we can finish paying for the post-production and complete the movie by summer, 2012. In order to finish it, we need to pay for editing, audio, graphics, licensing, and mastering. We can only secure television distribution (plus dvd and online) once we have the completed film. 

Without your support, the story probably will never be told. Thanks for taking the 90 seconds to help support this labor of love. You will be rewarded in many ways.

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