Wendel: Ted Williams and Minnie Minoso

From SABR member Tim Wendel at The National Pastime Museum on January 15, 2017:

The T-shirt hung with so many others at the National Baseball Hall of Fame gift shop. “Latino All-Stars” was emblazoned across the front and a list of Latino Hall of Famers ran down the back—Juan Marichal, Roberto Alomar, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, and so forth. Yet, toward the bottom, a surprising entry could be found—Ted Williams.

Even though the game’s best hitter kept his heritage hidden away, his mother was Mexican. May Venzor’s family was from Ciudad Juárez, and on Williams’s birth certificate her birthplace was listed as El Paso, on the American side of the Rio Grande.

When the family settled in San Diego, Williams’s mother spent most of her time proselytizing for the Salvation Army in San Diego and south of the border. So much so she was nicknamed “the Angel of Tijuana.”

Read the full article here: http://www.thenationalpastimemuseum.com/article/ted-williams-and-minnie-mi-oso

Originally published: January 17, 2017. Last Updated: January 17, 2017.