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Minnie Miñoso is on the Golden Days ballot for candidates from the 1950s and 1960s (WTTW News)

Minnie Miñoso became the first Black Cuban to play in the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians. He broke the color line for the White Sox in 1951. And after his days on the field, he settled in Chicago, joined the Sox as an assistant coach, and was a mentor for generations of ballplayers.

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Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve celebrates scoring against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning during Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Led by their October-tested stars, the Houston Astros are going back to the AL Championship Series for the fifth straight year.

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Chicago artist Murrz created a mural as part of the Chicago White Sox’s “Game Changers” series that features broadcaster Gene Honda along with a trio of Asian-American players. (WTTW News)

The Chicago White Sox commissioned three Chicago artists to create murals inspired by the Sox past and present that celebrate the diversity of America’s pastime. 

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Chicago White Sox’s Carlos Rodon throws a short pitching session after Game 4 of an ALDS baseball game was postponed due to a forecast of inclement weather Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Chicago. The makeup game is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Houston Astros found themselves in familiar territory Monday, brushing aside comments by Chicago White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera after he implied they stole signs while winning the first two games of the AL Division Series in their ballpark.

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Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks reacts to the final out against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning during Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Game 4 of the AL Division Series between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain in the forecast.

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Chicago White Sox’s players warm up during a baseball workout for the American League Divisions Series, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Chicago. The White Sox host the Houston Astros in Game 3 on Sunday.(AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The Chicago White Sox hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa hoping he would oversee a deep postseason run and maybe lead them to their second World Series championship since 1917. They did not see themselves making another quick exit. But that’s exactly what they’re staring at unless a sudden turnaround is coming.

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In a mural by Chicago artist Asend, a larger-than-life Jose Abreu swings his mighty bat under the Cienfuegos streetlights of his childhood. (WTTW News)

In a mural by Chicago artist Asend, a larger-than-life Jose Abreu swings his mighty bat under the Cienfuegos streetlights of his childhood. Asend’s dreamlike rendering is one of three murals commissioned by the White Sox as part of their Game Changers series. 

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Just like Tim Anderson’s exuberant style of play, Edo’s bright, boisterous style of art draws people in. (WTTW News)

No matter what form it takes, there is no mistaking the work of Chicago artist Edo. His wildly vibrant painting of fan favorite Tim Anderson is one of three pieces commissioned by the White Sox as part of their Game Changers series. The series throws a spotlight on the contributions of under-represented communities.

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Last season, the White Sox became the first team in MLB history to have an all-Cuban born top four in their lineup, but the history of Cubans and baseball bleeds back to the 1860s. (Courtesy NBC Sports Chicago)

Players from Minnie Miñoso to Luis Aparicio to Ozzie Guillén have been fan favorites on Chicago’s South Side for decades. Never has the Latino presence on the White Sox roster been more important than this year, when the Sox could have seven or more players of Latino heritage starting in the playoffs.

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Chicago White Sox fans are brimming with excitement as the team heads into the playoffs, cheering on their team at a Monday rally. 

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“This year we’re on the precipice of something fairly special,” said Chicago White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn, who was the chief architect of the team’s five-yearlong rebuild that saw dozens of strategic trades, draft choices and free agent signings. 

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Chicago White Sox’s Eloy Jimenez, right, celebrates with Leury Garcia after Jimenez hit a solo home run in the second inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak)

Chicago, a wild-card team last year, is going to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time. The White Sox are in their first season under Tony La Russa, who will turn 77 on Oct. 4.

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Cubs announcer Omar Ramos appears on “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. (WTTW News)

As the 2021 baseball regular season winds down, the Cubs and White Sox are headed in different directions. Chicago’s Spanish-language baseball announcers slide in to talk about the teams’ prospects in the postseason and next year.

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An aerial photo taken with a drone shows the baseball field at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. (Tannen Maury / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock)

Nostalgia has never been so expensive. Baseball celebrates the myth of its rural roots Thursday when the New York Yankees meet the Chicago White Sox in a game adjacent to the field in rural Dyersville, Iowa, where the iconic 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed.

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The White Sox home opener at Guaranteed Rate Field was a rainy affair on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (WTTW News)

For the first time since 2019, fans are back at Guaranteed Rate Field to watch the White Sox in person. As part of our community reporting series, we visit the area to see how fans are settling in — and how the area is faring one year into the pandemic.

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Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu (79) high-fives Yermin Mercedes (73) after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of an MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, April 2, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. Mercedes, Tim Anderson, and Luis Robert (88) also scored. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

Yermín Mercedes got his first five major league hits and drove in four runs, and José Abreu hit a grand slam for the Chicago White Sox in their 12-8 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.