Muhammad Ali to meet White Sox

Updated: March 7, 2011, 4:24 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

TUSCON, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox players will get the opportunity to shake hands with a legend Tuesday when former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali pays a visit to the club.

"It will be an honor to have him in our clubhouse," said Scott Reifert, White Sox vice president of communications. "In a major league clubhouse you always have different cultures and nationalities, but when you tell them Muhammad Ali is coming you get the same reaction: Lots of respect, lots of excitement. It will be exciting for the guys to meet him tomorrow."

The White Sox will cancel their morning workouts and Ali will address the team at around 10:30 a.m. in advance of their home game against the Colorado Rockies. Ali is a frequent visitor to various major league clubhouses during spring training.

General manager Kenny Williams is close friends with Ali and his wife Lonnie and had dinner with the couple as recently as last week.

Ali is expected to talk about his foundation "Athletes for Hope," and will offer White Sox players various ways to get involved if interested.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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