Archive for the ‘Numbers’ Category

Athletes to Wear # 0 and #00 and a Rare Number No One Will Ever Wear Again


Gilbert Arenas



3 Time NBA ALL Star

2003 NBA Most Improved Player

*Orlando Wooleridge also wore #0 but didn’t make the list


Robert Parrish



4 Time NBA Champion

9 Time NBA All Star

NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team


Eddie Gaedel – Wore #1/8


Holds records as Shortest Player in Baseball History

Holds Records for Highest on Base %

The following it an excert from Wikipedia

Gaedel entered the second half of the doubleheader between the Browns and Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the first inning as a pinch-hitter for leadoff batter Frank Saucier. Immediately, umpire Ed Hurley called for Browns manager Zack Taylor. Veeck and Taylor had had the foresight to have a copy of Gaedel’s contract on hand, as well as a copy of the Browns’ active roster, which had room for Gaedel’s addition.

The contract had been filed late in the day on Friday, August 17. Veeck knew the league office would summarily approve the contract upon receipt, and that it would not be scrutinized until Monday, August 20. Upon reading the contract, Hurley motioned for Gaedel to take his place in the batter’s box. (As a result of Gaedel’s appearance, all contracts must now be approved by the Commissioner of Baseball before a player can appear in a game.) The change to that day’s St. Louis Browns scorecard, listing Gaedel and his uniform number, had gone unnoticed by everyone except Harry Mitauer, a writer for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. The Browns’ publicity man shunted Mitauer’s inquiry aside.[9]

Gaedel was under strict orders not to attempt to move the bat off his shoulder. When Veeck got the impression that Gaedel might be tempted to swing at a pitch, the owner warned Gaedel that he had taken out a $1 million insurance policy on his life, and that he would be standing on the roof of the stadium with a rifle prepared to kill Gaedel if he even looked like he was going to swing. Veeck had carefully trained Gaedel to assume a tight crouch at the plate; he had measured Gaedel’s strike zone in that stance and claimed it was just one and a half inches high. However when Gaedel came to the plate, he abandoned the crouch he had been taught for a pose that Veeck described as “a fair approximation of Joe DiMaggio’s classic style,”leading Veeck to fear he was going to swing. (In the Thurber story, the midget cannot resist swinging at a 3-0 pitch, grounds out, and the team loses the game).

With Bob Cain on the mound – laughing at the absurdity that he actually had to pitch to Gaedel[9] – and catcher Bob Swift catching on his knees, Gaedel took his stance. The Tigers catcher offered his pitcher a piece of strategy: “Keep it low.” Cain delivered four consecutive balls, all high (the first two pitches were legitimate attempts at strikes; the last two were half-speed tosses). Gaedel took his base (stopping twice during his trot to bow to the crowd) and was replaced by pinch-runner Jim Delsing. The 18,369 fans gave Gaedel a standing ovation.





Athletes to Wear #6

Bill Russell

Pro Basketball Hall of Fame Member

11 Time All Star Selection

5 Time NBA MVP

12 Time All Star

3 Time All NBA First Team

NBA All Star Game MVP (1963)

NBA’s 25th, 35th & 50th Anniversary Team

Julius Erving (Also Wore #32 With Nets in ABA)

Basketball Hall of Famer

NBA Champion (1983)

NBA MVP (1981)

3 Time ABA MVP

11 Time NBA All Star (5 Time ABA All Star)

Member of NBA 35th & 50th Anniversary Teams

ABA All Time Team

Ranks 5th on NBA/ABA Scoring List (30,026)

Stan Musial

Baseball Hall of Famer

3 Time World Series Chmapion (1943, 1946 & 1948)

24 Time All Star

3 Time NL MVP

7 Time NL Batting Champion

MLB All Century Team Selection

3,630 Career Hits (Ranks 4th All Time)

Career .331 BA (Ranks 30th All Time)

Al Kaline

Baseball Hall of Fame Member

Worlde Series Champion (1968)

18 Time All Star

10 Time Gold Glove Winner

1955 Al Batting Champion

Ryan Howard


2008 World Series Champion


2006 NL MVP

member of 50 Home Run Club (58 in 2008)

2005 National League Rookie of the Year

3 Time All Star

2 Time NL Home Run Champion

3 Time Nl RBI Leader

Holds Records for the Fewset Games to reach 100 and 200 Homerun Respectively


Jay Cutler



Pro Bowl Selection (2008)

Led Bears to 2011 NFC Championship Game

Holds the Following Records while at Vanderbilt:

Total offense: 9,953

Touchdown passes: 59

Passing yards: 8,697

Pass completions: 710

Pass attempts: 1,242

Combined touchdowns: 76


****Sorry Mark Sanchez didn’t make my list


The 1916 Cleveland Indians were the first team to wear numbers on their jerseys. The rest of the owners in baseball didn’t like that idea and Cleveland quickly abandoned the jersey numbers. It wasn’t until 1929 that they came back, when the New York Yankees started putting numbers on the back of the jersey. When the Yankees assigned numbers they were designated to players based on their number in the batting order, hence Babe Ruth being # 3 and Louu Gehrig wearing #4. By 1931, the American League ruled that all team should put numbers on jerseys and in 1932 the National League followed suit.

Here is a list of players who didn’t make the cut of wearing numbers

Cy Young

Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee

World Series Champion (1903 – First World Series Played)

Threw First World Series Pitch

Pitched a Perfect Game on 5/4/1904

MLB All Century Team

Hold Records for the Following_

511 career wins

316 career losses

7,354 2/3 innings pitched

815 career games started

749 career complete games

25 1/3 consecutive hitless innings pitched

Ty Cobb

 Worls Seriees MVP (1909)

8 Time NFl Batting Champion

MLB All Century & All Time Team


Athletes to Wear # 5


Joe DiMaggio



Baseball Hall of Fame Member

9 Time World Series Champion (1936, 1037, 1038, 1939, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951)

56 Game Hit Streak in 1941 Season

13 Time All Star Selection

3 Time AL MVP (1939, 1941, & 1947)

MLB All Century Team

Career .325 BA


Albert Pujols



2 Time World Series Champion (2006 & 2011)

3 Time NL MVP

9 Time All Star

8 Time Silver Slugger Award Winner

2001 NL Rookie of the Year Award


2003 NL Batting Champion

2 Time NL Home Run Champion (2009 & 2010)

2010 NL RBI Champion

Career .328 BA,, 455 HRs,

Sports Illustrated Player of the Decade (2000s)


Johnny Bench



Basbeall Hall of Fame Member

2 Time World Series Champion (1975 & 1976)

14 Time All Star

10 Time Gold Glove Award Winner

1968 NL Rookie of the Year

1976 World Series MVP

MLB All Century and All Time Team Member

3rd Most Home Runs by a Catcher (327 – 389 Total)


Brooks Robinson



Baseball Hall of Fame Member

2 Time World Series Champion (1966 & 1970)

18 Time All Star

16 Time Gold Glove Winner

1964 AL MVP

1970 World Series Champion

MLB All Century Team


Jason Kidd (Also Wore # 32 with teh Suns and Currently Wears #2 With Dallas Durung his Secind Stint There)



NBA Champion (2011)

2 Time Eastern Conference Champion With Nets (2002 & 2003)

NBA co- Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill (1995)

10 Time All Star

4 Time All Defensive First Team

Ranks 2nd (John Stockton) on All Time Career Assist List (11,734)



Paul Hornung



1956 Heisman Trophy Winner

2 Time Pro Bowl Selection

1961 NFL MVP

NFL All Decade Team (1960s)


Donovan McNabb



NFC Champion (2004)

6 Time Pro Bowl Selection

NFC Offensive Player of the Year Award (2004)

NFC Player of the Year (2004)

Member of Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team


Niklas Lindstom



4 Time Stanley Cup winner (1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008).

12-time NHL All-Star (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011).

7-time Norris Trophy winner (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011).

Conn Smythe Trophy winner (2002).

Olympic gold medal winner (Sweden, 2006)

Holds 13 Other NHL Records


Joe Flacco



No this is a stretch…..

No Pro Bowl

The only thing really is 4 playoff road victories.   Sorry Joe


The Fab 5



In Honor of March Madness I had to put them on the List.

2 Final Four Final Appearences (Both loses but still impressive)

Athletes to Wear # 4

Lou Gehrig

Baseball Hall of Fame Member

2 Time Al MVP (1927 &1936)

7 Time All Star

Held Consecutive Games Played Streak Until 1995 (Cal Ripkin)

Yankees Team Captain (1936-1939)

Members of MLB All Century & All Time Teams

Career .340 Ave, 493 HRs, & 1,995 RBIs

Holds of is tied for 14 MLB Records.  Most Notably – Most Grand Slams (23), Most Consectutuve Seasons with 120+ RBIs (8), & Most RBIs by a 1st Basemen in a Season (184)

Brett Favre


Super Bowl Champion (XXXI)

2 Time NFC Champion

11 TIme Pro Bowler

3 Time AP NFL MVP (1995, 1996, & 1997)

NFL All Decade Team (1990s)

Hold the NFL Record for Most Concestutive Starts at QB (297)

Career Leadwe in TDs (508) and Interceptions (336)

Joe Dumars

Pro Basektball Hall of Fame Member

2 Time NBA Chmapion (1989 & 1990)

NBA Finals MVP (1989)

6 Time All Star

Adam Vinatieri

4 Time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXIX, XLI)

2 Time All Pro and Pro Bowl Selection

New England Patriots All 1990s Team

New England Patriots All 2000 Team

NFL All Decade Team (2000)

Chris Webber

Member of the Fab 5 at Michigan

Reached Finals in the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Final Four

5 Time All Star

NBA Rookie of the Year (1994)

2001 All NBA First Team

Consensus All American First Team (1993)

Mr. Basketball of Michigan (1991)

Spud Webb

1986 Slam Dunk Champion

Scott Stevens

Member of Hockey Hall of Fame

4 Time Stanley Cup Champions (1995, 1997, 2000, 2003)

2000 Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP)

13 Time All Star (1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003)

Bobby Orr


Hockey Hall of Famer

2 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1970 & 1972)

First and only defenceman to score nine hat tricks

First defenceman to score 30 goals (1969–70) and 40 goals in a season (1974–75)in a season.

First player to record 100 assists in a season (1970–71)

Only defenceman to lead the league in scoring (1969–70, 1974–75)

Only player ever to win the Norris Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy, and Conn Smythe Trophy in one season (1969–70)

Named to the NHL First All-Star Team eight times consecutively (1968-1975)[140]

Played in the NHL All-Star Game eight times (from 1968 to 1975)

Won the Art Ross Trophy in 1969–70 and 1974–75[

Awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy three times consecutively (1970–1972)

Awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1970 and 1972, the first two-time winner of the playoff MVP award

NHL All-Star Game MVP in 1972[

Athletes to Wear #3


Babe Ruth

Baseball Hall of Fame Member

7 Time World Series Champion

2 Time All Star (Hit First Home Run in All Star Game History)

1923 AL MVP

Member of MLB All Century & All Time Teams

Career Batting Stats – .342 Ave., 714 HRs, 2,317 RBIs

Career Pitching Stats – 94-46 with 2.28 ERA

Holds Records for Slugging % (.690) and OPS (1.164)


Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

7 Time Winston Cup Series Champion

1998 Daytona 500 Winner

NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year (1979)

Named One of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers

Motor Sport Hall of Fame Inductee (2002)

International Motor Sports Hall of Fame Inductee (2006)

NASCAR Hall of Fame (2010)


Allen Iverson

2001 NBA MVP

Member of Eastern Conference Champion Sixers (2001)

NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)

11 Time NBA All Star

4 Time NBA Scoring Champion

2 Time All Star Game MVP

Ranks 17th on All Time Scoring List (24,368)

Ranks 6th on All Time Point Per Game List (26.6)


Dwayne Wade

NBA Champion (2006)

NBA Finals MVP (2006

8 Time NBA All Star

NBA Scoring Champion (2009)

2 Time All NBA First Team Selection

NBA All Star Game MVP (2010)

Member of Marquette Final Four Team (2003)


Harmon Killebrew

Member of Baseball Hall of Fame

13 Time All Star

1969 AL MVP

Ranks 11th on All Time Home Run List (573)


Bronco Nagurski (Also Wore #72)

Pro and College Football Hall of Fame Member

NFL 75th All Anniversary Team

NFL All Decade Team (1930s)


Harold Baines

2005 World Series Champion (As Part of White Sox Coaching Staff)

6 Time All Star

Holds Record for Most Games at DH (1,652)

Ranks 3rd on All Time Home Run List for a DH (236 – Career Total 384)  (Passed By Edgar Martinez and David Ortiz)

1989 Silver Slugger Award Winner

Jan Stenerud

Only Kicker to be Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Super Bowl Champion (IV)

7 Time All Pro Selection

4 Time Pro Bowl Selection

1972 Pro Bowl MVP

Member of NFL 75th Anniversary All Time Team


Dale Murphy

2 Time NL All Star (1982 & 1983)

7 Time All Star

5 Time Gold Glove Winner

4 Time Silver Slugger Award Winner

398 Career Home Runs


Chris Paul


NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2006)

5 Time NBA All Star

All NBA First Team (2008)

First Team All Defensive Team (2008)

3 Time NBA Steals Leader (2008, 2009, & 2011)

Two Time NBA Assist Leader (2008 & 2009)


Evan Longoria

Member of AL Champion Rays (2008)

3 Time All Star

2 Time Gold Glove Winner

2009 Silver Slugger Award Winner


Posted: March 2, 2012 in Numbers

Athletes to Wear #2


Derek Jeter



5 Time World Series Champion

7 Time AL Champion

12 Time All Star

5 Time Gold Glove Winner

4 Time Silver Slugger Award Winner

2000 World Series MVP

2000 All Star Game MVP

1996 AL Rookie of the Year

Hold NY Yankees All Time Hits Record

Member of 3,000 Hit Club

NY Yankees Career Stolen Base Leader

1 of 2 Men to Hit a Home Run for  His 3,000th hit (Wade Boggs)


Cam Newton (Wear #1 with Panthers)




Heisman Trophy Winner (2010)

AP Player of the Year (2010)

2 Time BCS National Champion (2009 with Florida & 2011)

Maxwell Award (2010)

Davey O’Brien Award (2010)

Offensisive Rookie of the Year (2011)

Pro Bowl (2011)

Most Passing Yards By A Rookie In a Season (4,051)

Most Rushing TDs By a QB in a Season (14)


Moses Malone (Wore # 24 with Rockets)



Basketball Hall of Fame

NBA Champion (1983)

NBA Finals MVP (1983)

3 Time NBA MVP (1979, 1982, & 1983)

4 Time All NBA First Team

Member of NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team

First player in NBA history to earn five consecutive rebounding titles (1980–1984).

Did not foul out during his final 1,212 games, the longest streak without a disqualification.[3]

Has the highest number of offensive rebounds (6,731) since the NBA started tracking offensive and defensive rebounds separately in 1973–74

2nd only to Karl Malone in overall (NBA and ABA) free throws made, with 9,018

2nd behind Karl Malone in overall (NBA and ABA) free throws attempted, with 11,864

7th all time in NBA career points (27,409)


Charles Woodson (See Post of #21)