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July 08, 1998

Meet Nomar Garciaparra

Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox was the 1997 American League Rookie of the Year. He hit .306 with 30 homers, and he fielded like an acrobat. This season, Nomar was hitting .303 through May 7.

As a kid, Nomar's coaches nicknamed him "No Nonsense Nomar" because he was very

serious about baseball. "I always loved the game," says Nomar. "I wanted to learn as much as I could."

Nomar is named after his dad, Ramon. Nomar is Ramon spelled backward.

Buzz Words

Buzz Beamer's guide to sports slang will help you talk like a pro!

Toxic socks (soccer): smelly socks

Say It: "Buzz, do some laundry! We can smell your toxic socks from across the field!"

Funny Photos

We ran the photo below in a past issue of S.I. For Kids and asked kids to write funny captions. Here are our favorites.

"What? The diving competition is next door?"

Marc, 11

Haslett, Michigan

"This sand-wich tastes good."

- Phillip, 12

Elk Grove, California

Pub Date: 7/08/98

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