By George Sullivan, Anne Canevari Green
Contains anecdotes recounting the background and lore linked to the numbers on athletes' uniforms.
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Maynard was skilled at taking the passes he caught and turning them into long gains. 7 yards per catch. If pass receivers were ranked on the basis of average yards gained per reception (instead of number of receptions), Don Maynard would be No. 1. Basketball's Wilt Chamberlain was another player who successfully defied the No. 13 jinx. Chamberlain, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers and several other NBA teams, retired in 1972. Chamberlain practically rewrote the record book. He scored 31,419 points during his career, second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387 points, but 2,142 more than Michael Jordan with 29,277 points.
First baseman Steve Garvey, in the fourteen years he spent with the Los Angeles Dodgers, always wore No. 6. When Garvey left the Dodgers to sign with the San Diego Padres in 1983, Tim Flannery was wearing No. 6. All Garvey had to do was buy Flannery a new suit to get him to give up his number. This book takes a lighthearted look at uniform numbers. While it is meant to inform you, explaining how the use of numbers began and examining the strict numbering systems that some leagues follow, it is mostly meant to entertain.
As the first woman to play professional basketball, Lieberman chose to wear Frazier's numberNo. 10. Number Shortage When Jerry Sichting was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Boston Celtics at the beginning of the 19851986 basketball season, he asked for No. 14. But the number had been retired, he was told. It was hanging from the rafters at the Boston Garden in honor of its last wearer, Bob Cousy, who had retired in 1963. Cousy has been cited often as the best playmaker in basketball history.
Any Number Can Play: The Numbers Athletes Wear by George Sullivan, Anne Canevari Green