On July 10, 1951, Alfonso “Chico” Carrasquel of Venezuela, pictured at left, became the first Latin American player to start in an All Star Game. Carrasquel’s White Sox teammate, the Cuban Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso, center, was also part of the American League’s roster that year, along with his compatriot Connie Marrero of the Washington Senators (not pictured).
Chico Carrasquel was the nephew of Alex Carrasquel, who in 1939 became the first Venezuelan to play in the Major Leagues.
Miñoso, whose illustrious baseball career spanned decades, went on to play in many more All Star Games before his retirement. He was the first Black Latin American player in Major League Baseball, the first Black player in the White Sox, and the first Black Latin American player to participate in an All Star Game. He would become the first Black Latin American player to be part of an All Star Game’s starting lineup in 1954.
Marrero, who was on the roster for the 1951 All Star Game but did not play, currently lives in Cuba and at age 101 is the oldest-living former Major League Baseball player.
(The third player in the photo above is the Cuban Luis Aloma, who played with the White Sox for a few seasons in the 1950s.)