Sunday, August 29, 2010

A "ghetto" card

Rafael Novoa "credits baseball for helping him escape the ghetto, saying he played so much he was 'too tired to go out' and get in trouble."

The "ghetto" Novoa escaped was the Bronx, in part due to New York City's Youth Service League, for whom he captained their first World Series team in 1986.

The YSL has had several major leaguers in its ranks, most notably Manny Ramirez, who fortunately for the Yankees will miss this weekend's series due to the Dodgers dragging their heels on the White Sox deal. Ramirez is pictured in a YSL uniform on his 1992 Topps rookie card.

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