The storied tradition of MLB rookie hazing

Why were Yanks rookies dressed in "Wizard of Oz" costumes? Rookie hazing! Uni Watch

Updated: September 28, 2007, 11:12 AM ET
By Paul Lukas | Page 2

Halloween is still a month away, but the costumes are already out in full force outside major league baseball clubhouses.

And that, of course, means we're deep in the thick of rookie hazing, a time-honored MLB rite of passage in which rookies -- from the lowliest September call-ups to international stars like Dice-K -- are forced to dress up (or down, as the case might be). The stunt is usually executed right before the last road trip of the year, so the rooks have to wear their costumes ...

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