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Muhammad Ali to visit White Sox camp

Mar 8, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

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The Greatest is going to go visit the Chisox:

Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali visits with the team tomorrow, addressing his “Athletes for Hope” foundation, which asks that players give their time rather than money.

“It’s a great inspiration for a lot of people,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said after the White Sox’s 12-1 win over Arizona. “I met him before, a few times. A lot of kids are in camp and they will have a chance to meet, I don’t want to say one of the greatest boxers in history, but one of the greatest men ever born in this country. Those kids should be proud to meet him, and to the White Sox organization, it’s an honor to have him in camp.”

I only wish that Ali wasn’t slowed by Parkinson’s. Could you imagine if 1970s-era Ali and current-era Guillen were able to jaw at one another at full speed?

  1. pisano - Mar 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    There’s a pair to draw to, Ozzie and Ali. You will definitely need sub titles. While a good fighter, one of the biggest racists of our time.The best memory I have of Ali is Joe Frazier knocking him on his a%s and blowing up his jaw. Ozzie on the other hand is on a short leash in Chicago, his mouth will be his demise and if the Sox get off to a slow start it won’t be long before he’s gone.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM

      I’m not sure what time frame “our time” refers to, but I’m sure if you think hard enough you can come up with bigger racists. You’re just not trying, Pisano.

  2. amhendrick - Mar 8, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    “one of the greatest men ever born in this country”

    I’ve never really understood why Ali is considered a “great man” as opposed to just a great boxer. I’m not saying he shouldn’t be considered that way, but I guess you had to be there in the 60s to understand his impact.

  3. Detroit Michael - Mar 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    It might inspire White Sox players to avoid activities that result in severe head trauma, unfortunately. I do think he is a great man (he took unpopular stances when most people would have found it easier to just go along with the crowed), but I don’t think he’s going to make that impression on people too young to remember his hey day.

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