Fun Cards: 1988 Topps All-Star Ozzie Guillen

Ozzie Guillen represented the White Sox in Cincinnati in 1988, but did not play due to a nerve injury in his right leg.


The visiting clubhouse attendants pranked Guillen before the game. A steel cage in the visiting clubhouse housed a fake mongoose; veterans of the prank would approach the cage warily, rattling the cage, until an curious, unsuspecting player got too close. That’s when a spring was sprung and the ball of fur leaps…just like the victim. Many rookies fell victim to the gag through the years, and Guillen took the prank in stride, saying, “It was really something funny.”


Guillen made it back to the All-Star game twice, in 1990 and 1991. He went hitless in two at-bats at Wrigley in 1990, and had a sacrifice bunt off Rob Dibble at Toronto’s SkyDome in 1991.

To recap the actual 1988 All-Stars at shortstop…

National League shorstops

Starter Ozzie Smith and reserves Barry Larkin and Shawon Dunston in the National League.

American League shortstops

Starter Cal Ripken and reserves Alan Trammell, Kurt Stillwell, and Ozzie Guillen. Trammell was voted to start by fans, but missed the game due to a hairline fracture.


About JT

Preacher. Author. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on July 3, 2017, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ahh, Shawon Dunston. My favorite player to collect in the 80s and 90s

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