Vancouver Canuck defenseman Lars Lindgren was one of the few hockey players to tempt fate by wearing No. 13. In 1981 Lindgren switched from 3 to 13, saying he was doing so to rid himself of a persistent injury jinx, but he may have jinxed himself in another way: In November 1982, he shot the puck into his own net during a game against Edmonton. Two NHL players are wearing 13 this season—center Ken Linseman of Boston and forward Bob Brooke of the Rangers.
The most famous athlete to scoff at triskaidekaphobia was Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt wore No. 5 at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, but 13 with the University of Kansas, the Warriors, the Lakers and the 76ers. But Wilt's 13 is not one of the handful of numbers (Aaron's 44 with the Braves and Brewers, for example) retired by more than one team. The Warriors never got around to retiring Wilt's No. 13, nor Rick Barry's 24, even though they've retired Nate Thurmond's 42, Tom Meschery's 14 and general manager Alvin Attles's 16. Such decisions have put the Warriors where they are today.
SOME NUMBER LISTS:
24—Whizzer White, Supreme Court Justice, running back at the University of Colorado.
48—Gerald Ford, ex-President, occasional golfer, football center at the University of Michigan.
42, 24—Bill Bradley, senator, basketball forward at Princeton and with the New York Knicks.
33—Morris Udall, congressman, basketball forward at Arizona.
11—Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to '69, basketball guard at Arizona.
44—Ed Marinaro, Officer Joe Coffey on Hill Street Blues, running back at Cornell, and Michael Warren, Officer Bobby Hill on HSB, point guard at UCLA.
7—Mark Harmon, Dr. Bobby Caldwell on St. Elsewhere, quarterback at UCLA.
24—Marion Morrison, a.k.a. John Wayne, American legend, tackle at USC.
42—Tom Selleck, hunk on Magnum, P.I., basketball bench-sitter at USC.
88—Pat Summerall, CBS announcer, end-placekicker, New York Giants.
16—Frank Gifford, ABC announcer, a little of everything, New York Giants.
3—Curt Gowdy, broadcast announcer, basketball guard at Wyoming.
11—Chet Forte, ABC producer-director, basketball guard at Columbia.
24—Dick Enberg, NBC announcer, 5'11" center for the Armada (Mich.) Rural Agricultural School basketball Tigers.