Given a chance, minorities thriving with White Sox

With GM Kenny Williams leading the way, the White Sox are perhaps the most progressive organization in baseball when it comes to minority hiring.

Originally Published: October 28, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com
Ozzie Guillen isn't the only visible member of the Chicago White Sox organization with a penchant for speaking his mind. General manager Kenny Williams talks in blunt, direct tones, and his self-assurance and strong-willed nature are readily apparent as he looks you straight in the eye.

That's the case whether Williams is assessing the makeup of his roster or discussing the color of his skin.

Kenny Williams
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesKenny Williams is the only African-American general manager in the major leagues.
As baseball's only African-American general manager (and the third in history behind Bill Lucas of Atlanta and Bob Watson of the Yankees), Williams has a powerful platform to help advance the cause of minorities in front-office positions. Two years ago, Sports Illustrated ranked him No. 16 on its list of the most influential minorities in sports. Now that the White Sox have won a World Series for the first time in 88 years, Williams' profile is even higher -- and he won't be shy about expressing opinions.

Jerry Crasnick | email

ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer

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