League-wide retired numbers

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The Pittsburgh Pirates retired the number 33 for which Hall of Famer whose baseball card sold for $2.8 million in 2007? Who had the number 9 retired by the Atlanta Hawks? Brett Favre's Jersey number, plus the number of possible games in the World Series equals which Nascar driver's 2007 number? Who was the first NHL player to have their jersey number retired league-wide? The number 1 was worn on the jersey of retired Hall of Fame baseball player Ozzie Smith. What was his nickname? For which Pac-10 college did Drew Bledsoe wear the number 11 for? Which 2004 Minnesota Viking wore the number 84? Take the number of homers Roger Maris hit in his biggest year and subtract it from the year. To that answer, add Mark McGwire's homer total for 1998. Divide that answer by the number of teams that were in Ohio State University's conference in 2002, NOT including Ohio State. What's your answer? I wore number 25 for the Cardinals and the Athletics in my...
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, uniform number or simply a number is the number worn on a player's uniform, to identify and distinguish each player (and sometimes others, such as officials) from others wearing the same or similar uniforms. The number is typically displayed on the rear of the jersey, often accompanied by the surname. Sometimes it is also displayed on the front and/or sleeves, or on the player's shorts or headgear. It is used to identify the player to officials, other players, official scorers, and spectators; in some sports, it is also indicative of the player's position.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics, an organization of association football historians, traces the origin of squad numbers to a 1911 Australian football match in Sydney.[1]

In Australian rules football, players traditionally wear numbers on the backs of...

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There has arguably never been a more dominant player in any sport than hockey's Wayne Gretzky. Nicknamed “The Great One,” Gretzky had a mix of preternatural ability, instinct, and charm that won him the respect of players and fans alike over his 21-year career in the National Hockey League. Today is his 53rd birthday; here are a few things you should know about The Great One.

1. Gretzky is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season.

NHL rules state that whenever a player scores a goal he is awarded a personal point; he also earns a point when he assists on a goal. Add these up and you get a player's total number of points. It may sound simple, but Gretzky achieved the absolutely unfathomable feat of 200 points in a season, and not just once, but four seasons in a row (1981-1982, 1983-1984, 1984-1985, and 1985-1986). Unsurprisingly, Gretzky is the leading point scorer in NHL history with 2857 points. The second place point scorer, his former Oilers...

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Pete Rose isn't getting into the National Baseball Hall of Fame anytime soon, but this weekend, the Reds will induct him into their own Hall of Fame. That ceremony will come as part of a weekend of festivities that will also include honoring the 40th anniversary of Cincinnati’s 1976 World Series champions and the retirement of Rose's No. 14.

It rates as a surprise that the Reds haven't already retired Rose's number, particularly given that they don't limit the honor to players enshrined in Cooperstown, as some teams do. In fact, there's no league-wide uniformity to this particular uniform issue, but the retirement of a number remains a team’s most visible tribute to its former players.

The Reds are hardly alone in having not gotten around to bestowing such honors upon obvious candidates; last month, I noted that the Mets hadn't done so for anyone from their 1986 World Series champions. In researching that article, my colleague Cliff Corcoran and I came up with a list...

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Retiring jersey numbers is a ritual in almost every sport. It is a gesture by a team or league to show appreciation to a certain player for their contributions to the club, or even the game itself.

In baseball, the New York Yankees have retired 17 numbers for greats such as Babe Ruth (#3) and Joe DiMaggio (#5). The NBA’s Boston Celtics have 22 retired numbers in all, including Larry Bird’s number 33 and Bill Russell’s number 6. Over in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers have retired five jersey numbers.

Many times current players on other teams will dawn the number of an all-time great out of respect. In baseball many hispanic ball players have worn number 21 to honor Roberto Clemente. Many say Clemente was the hispanic Jackie Robinson. The same goes for Michael Jordan’s number 23 in basketball. Lebron James was a recent example of this during his time in Cleveland.

Very seldom does a player’s number get officially retired league wide. This kind of honor is...

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Last Thursday, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell published an informal study of mortality rates among professional football and baseball players. The results were surprising: Among the 3,088 ex-football players who played for parts of at least five seasons between 1959 and 1988, 12.8 percent had died; in a sample of 1,494 baseball players active during the same era, the death rate was 15.9 percent.

The study was meant to serve as a clarification or maybe a rebuke of a similar study published last spring. That one, conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (and then peer-reviewed), compared mortality among retired football players and nonathletes matched for age and race and found that the ex-athletes were dying about half as often as one might expect. In other words, the health risks associated with playing football were being more than outweighed by the benefits of being a pro athlete—excellent training and nutrition, a good salary, top-quality medical...

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