By George Sullivan, Anne Canevari Green
Contains anecdotes recounting the historical past and lore linked to the numbers on athletes' uniforms.
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66, Gretzky's number upside down. (The tale of Gretzky and his No. ) Two of the most noted high numbers were worn by a pair of New York Rangers: Phil Esposito, No. 77, and Ken Hodge, No. 88. The Rangers obtained both players from the Boston Bruins. Esposito had worn No. 7 in Boston, while Hodge had No. 8. Since other players were wearing their numbers when they arrived in New York, Esposito and Hodge settled on a double digit in order to be able to wear the single digit they wanted. Badge of Honor Sammy Sosa, the Chicago Cubs' awesome home-run hitter, wore No.
Piazza had worried needlessly. When he arrived in the Mets clubhouse for the first time, a new Mets uniform was waiting for him, and No. 31 had been sewn on the back. Franco had voluntarily given up the number. "Hey, he's an All Star, a regular," Franco said. " Dis-honored Tackle Ron Mix, 6 feet 4, 250 pounds (193 cm, 113 kg), was always a solid performer for the San Diego Chargers of the old American Football League. ) A rookie in 1960, Mix was named to The Sporting News All-Star team five times.
Aboard their planes, no seats or rows of seats are assigned that number. When it comes to uniform numbers in professional sports, it's much the same. No. 13 is usually avoided. This is especially true in the National Hockey League. In most seasons, No. 13 is a rarity. And Page 23 the few players who do happen to wear the number are almost always European-born. All those hockey players who avoid No. 13 may have in mind what happened to Lars Lindgren, who played defense for the Vancouver Canucks.
Any Number Can Play: The Numbers Athletes Wear by George Sullivan, Anne Canevari Green