Yogi Berra broke in with 35 before switching to 8, a more endomorphically suitable number for him.
Whitey Ford didn't wear 16 until 1953, three years after his rookie season. Before that he was No. 19.
And guess what Yankee hopeful wore 16 in spring training of 1952? Gene Mauch. Both Tony Kubek (who became 10) and Clete Boyer (6) of the Yankees used to wear No. 34.
The number of Babe Ruth's bowling ball that resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame is N29918. Just thought you would like to know.
WHAT DO DEAN SMITH AND JIM OTTO HAVE IN COMMON?
Yes, it's true. Back when Dean was a ninth-grader playing for his father, Alfred, at Lowther Junior High School in Topeka, Kans. he wore 00 on his chest. Button-down Dean in 00? Did he smoke ciggies in the boys' room, too?
Not really, explains Dean. "Back in Kansas then, all the basketball numbers were double digits—00, 11, 22 and so on. It so happened that my favorite player at Topeka High wore 00. It wasn't considered that unusual." Dean wore Nos. 23 and 22 at Topeka and at Kansas, where he was sixth man on a national championship team.
Some other 00s—football's Steve Bagarus and Ken Burrough, basketball's Tony Campbell, Johnny Moore and Robert Parish, baseball's Bobby Bonds and Paul Dade.
NEW SEASONS, NEW NUMBERS
Jackie Robinson wore 18 as a basketball player at UCLA, 42 as a Brooklyn Dodger.