Any Number Can Play: The Numbers Athletes Wear by George Sullivan, Anne Canevari Green

By George Sullivan, Anne Canevari Green

Contains anecdotes recounting the background and lore linked to the numbers on athletes' uniforms.

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2 was put in retirement to honor Arnold ''Red" Auerbach, the team's former coach, later its general manager and, still later, its president. These are the twenty numbers retired by the Celtics: No. 00, Robert Parish No 1, Walter Brown No. 2, Arnold "Red" Auerbach No. 3, Dennis Johnson No. 6, Bill Russell No. 10, Jo Jo White No. 14, Bob Cousy No. 15, Tom Heinsohn No. 16, Tom "Satch" Sanders No. 17, John Havlicek No. 18, Dave Cowens, Jim Loscutoff No. 19, Don Nelson No. 21, Bill Sharman No. 22, Ed Macauley No.

With all those home runs, Mark McGwire lifted himself in the record book and earned himself a place in the baseball Hall of Fame. " The home-run duel had another effect. In the months that followed, baseball jerseys with McGwire's No. 25 and Sosa's No. 21 Page 5 were sold by the hundreds of thousands to kids (and to grown-ups, too) who wanted to wear the number. It happens all the time. When Michael Jordan, judged by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, was helping to win championships for the Chicago Bulls, his No.

McGwire smacked No. 59 just before the Cardinals began a five-game series against the Cubs at their home park, Busch Stadium. His 60th homer came on September 5. Only three players had ever hit as many as 60 home runsMaris, of course, and Babe Ruth. Sosa at the time had 57. McGwire hit No. 61 to tie Maris on September 7. On the night of September 8, McGwire stepped into the batter's box with two out and no one on base in the fourth inning. Chicago's Steve Trachsel fired a sinking fastball. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound (196-cm, 104-kg) McGwire lashed out at the pitch, sending it low toward left field.

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