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Old School

Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Bud and Fidel at the ballpark, part 1

In March of 1999, Venezuelan shortstop Ozzie Guillen was at spring training in Florida with the Atlanta Braves. He was about to begin the 15th season of a proud and productive big-league career, mostly with the Chicago White Sox, that had included a Rookie of the Year award, three All-Star Game selections and a Gold Glove award. If Guillen, who spent some time on the Baltimore Orioles just a year earlier, had been with the Orioles instead of the Braves… Read More »

Vizquel to wear Aparicio’s No. 11

I have to admit, as an old-school baseball fan, I was ambivalent, to say the least, over the news that the Chicago White Sox are going to un-retire Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparacio’s No. 11 so that newly acquired (and future Hall of Fame shortstop) Omar Vizquel can wear it. But after thinking about it, I’ve decided it’s an honorable idea. Besides, it gives younger generations of baseball fans exposure to Luis Aparacio’s name and, hopefully, to his career.… Read More »