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Volume 25 No. 51
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WHITE SOX ANNOUNCE HIRING OF DENNIS GILBERT TO FRONT OFFICE

          In "what is believed to be a baseball first -- a former
     agent working for an owner," White Sox Chair JERRY REINSDORF
     has hired former agent DENNIS GILBERT as his Special
     Assistant (Toni Ginnetti, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/29). 
     BLOOMBERG's Jerry Crasnick noted that Gilbert will "assist
     the White Sox in contract negotiations and be a consultant
     on other player-related issues."  Gilbert retired from his
     Beverly Hills Sports Council as an agent in '98, and has
     spent the last two years running his CA-based insurance
     company, and helping to build a ballpark in L.A. that will
     be the home field for MLB's RBI program, which is dedicated
     to reviving baseball in inner cities (BLOOMBERG, 11/28).  In
     IL, Joe Cowley writes that Gilbert was "respected as one of
     the top agents" in MLB before his retirement (DAILY
     SOUTHTOWN, 11/29).  Meanwhile, the White Sox named RICK HAHN
     as Dir of Major-League Administration.  Hahn had been at CA-
     based Steinberg, Moorad & Dunn (BLOOMBERG, 11/28).