I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite images (along with a few stories) taken during my 37 year run as the @WhiteSox team photographer… They’ll be no particular order, just faves of mine.

I thought I’d start with an image and story featuring a fellow 1985 rookie, Ozzie Guillen.

I like to tell people I broke into “The Show” with the White Sox the same year as a young Venezuelan shortstop who wore #13… Need I say more? Late in September of ’85, I asked Ozzie if he wouldn’t mind posing for a few portraits emulating the poses that the great Chico Carrasquel as captured back in the ‘50s. Early in the morning prior to the last Sunday game of the season, after speaking about my idea with him a day or two prior, out walked Ozzie in his full game uniform.

American League Rookie of the Year Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox poses for a portrait in late September, 1985. Photo copyright 1985 Ron Vesely

Having a Major League player do this is a thing of the past.  It just doesn’t happen any longer (well, it did for with other former White Sox player, but that’s for another day…). Everyone is too busy… Times have changed.

Using my trusty Nikon FM, Kodachrome 25 and a CT-45 Metz flash, we made a few images together. Little did anyone know at the time the historical significance these simple portraits would hold.

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