ChiSox skipper Guillen to become U.S. citizen

Updated: January 19, 2006, 8:23 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen, the Venezuelan-born manager of the World Series champion Chicago White Sox, will celebrate his 42nd birthday Friday by becoming a U.S. citizen.

Guillen, his wife, Ibis, and their son Oney will be sworn in by a U.S. District Court judge at a ceremony in Chicago, the White Sox said Thursday.

"He always has said that he wanted to be a citizen," White Sox spokeswoman Katie Kirby said. "He's really made his career and a second life here."

A former All-Star shortstop with the White Sox, Guillen was born in Ocumare Del Tuy, Venezuela. His wife and Oney were also born in the South American country.

Guillen's two other children, Oswaldo Jr. and Ozney, were born in the United States during his 16-year major-league playing career.

Guillen first started talking about becoming a U.S. citizen during last season, Kirby said.

In the offseason, Guillen and his family split their time between homes in Miami and Caracas, Venezuela, she said.

Guillen is the first Venezuelan manager in the major leagues and the first Latino manager to win the World Series.


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