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February 8, 2010

Omar Vizquel to wear No. 11

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 8, 2010 11:35 am


No. 11 holds a special meaning in the annals of White Sox history.

It was once worn by Jim Essian and Don Kessinger, solid players, if not exactly infinitely memorable in franchise lore, and was last worn by Rudy Law during the 1984 season. At that point, the number was retired by the White Sox in honor of its most famous and accomplished owner in shortstop Luis Aparicio.

But while the only native Venezuelan to ever be elected to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame will not be coming out of retirement at age 75, his jersey will be back in action for the 2010 campaign.

The White Sox announced Monday that Aparicio has given his consent for Omar Vizquel to wear No. 11 in his first year with the White Sox, as the number will be un-retired by the organization for Vizquel to wear in tribute. …

UPDATE: Vizquel wanted no. 13 at first, but Ozzie (who wears no. 13) and the Sox marketing dept. objected.

And here’s a picture.

Reifert and Boyer know their national anthem singers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 8, 2010 11:20 am

Chris Jaffe on the Cell:

… More randomly, this place does the best job finding National Anthem singers of any place on the planet. Maybe this is just the random luck of the draw, but I’ll routinely hear a sensational version of the song here when I go. I still remember a time about 10 years ago I heard four opera singers do a multi-part harmony with the song and it was so brilliant the crowd began cheering halfway through – and this was before 9/11. It’s a small part of the ballpark experience, but the Sox routinely nail it.

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