Yearbook, Nov. 3: Ozzie hired by White Sox

November, 3, 2012
Nov. 3, 2003: Before this day nine years ago, Major League Baseball had never known a manager like Ozzie Guillen. Then the Chicago White Sox -- the team with which the former American League Rookie of the Year spent 13 of his 16 season as a shortstop -- hired him to replace Jerry Manuel, and the sport changed forever.

Well, we might not go that far, but baseball did get one of the most entertaining -- and, at times, crassest -- managers, who in his second year guided the South Siders to their first World Series title since 1917.

Things didn't go completely smoothly for the outspoken Ozzie. Chicago made just one other playoff appearance before Guillen left in 2011 for Miami, where he spent just one rocky year. Still, at least one high-ranking White Sox exec remembers him fondly.

Ozzie Guillen being hired by the Chicago White SoxAP Photo/Brian KerseyGuillen and general manager Ken Williams on hiring day.
Ozzie Guillen and Ken Williams in 2008 with the Chicago White SoxAP Photo/Ted S. WarrenGuillen and Williams in 2008.
Ozzie Guillen in 2011AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhGuillen early in his final season in Chicago.
Ozzie Guillen winning the 2005 World Series with the Chicago White SoxBrad Mangin/Getty ImagesGuillen won the 2005 World Series with the White Sox.
Ozzie Guillen in 2011 with the Chicago White SoxBrian Kersey/Getty ImagesGuillen salutes fans after being let go in 2011.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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