CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama calls late White Sox great Minnie Minoso "one of the most dominant and dynamic players of the 1950s."

Minoso has died at age 92. He was the first black major league baseball player in Chicago. Obama said even though Minoso isn't in the Baseball Hall of Fame his "quintessentially American story embodies far more than a plaque."

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois has lost a legend. Rauner called Minoso a trailblazer and leader and said Illinoisans owe him "a debt of gratitude."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Minoso's heroics on the field brought joy to generations. The mayor says Minoso's enthusiasm made him a Chicago icon.

And Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said Minoso will be remembered as "an electric offensive player and great ambassador for the game of baseball."