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Fans, relatives pay respects to White Sox great, Minnie Minoso

A sign displays at  Sluggers sports bar in honor of  Minnie Minoso on Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Chicago. Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso passed away at age of 90. Minoso was the first black Cuban player in Major League Baseball and the first black player for the White Sox. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

A sign displays at Sluggers sports bar in honor of Minnie Minoso on Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Chicago. Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso passed away at age of 90. Minoso was the first black Cuban player in Major League Baseball and the first black player for the White Sox. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Fans and relatives will have a chance to pay their respects to Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso.

A public visitation is scheduled from noon until 8 p.m. Friday at Holy Family Church in Chicago.

The Havana native and Major League Baseball's first black Latino star died Sunday. He was believed to be 90.

A memorial service will be Saturday at noon at Holy Family Church. A procession immediately following the memorial service will pass U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox where a statue of Minoso stands.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made in Minoso's memory to Chicago White Sox Charities.

When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the "Cuban Comet" was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. Minoso was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox. He last played in the majors for real in 1964, although the White Sox brought him back to play a few games in 1976 and again in 1980, when he was 54 years old.

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