Happy Friday the 13th: A look back at some notable uniform numbers in sports

The #13 has been good to Kurt Warner.

Today is Friday the 13th and for some people, today is a bad day. But for me, I am not superstitious about this day. I don’t care if I wear 13 or see broken glass or step on a crack. It’s not a big deal to me.

I believe the same can be said in sports. There have been so many great athletes that have worn the #13: Dan Marino, Wilt Chamberlain, Kurt Warner, Omar Vizquel, Pavel Datsyuk and Steve Nash are some that come to mind.

When I was a kid, I always wondered what number I would wear if I became a professional athlete. During elementary school when I played on the basketball team, I was assigned #20 and #35 in the two years I played. I never cared about either of those numbers.

My top choice would be #11. It has always been #11.

It would be easy to assume that I like that number because of Yao Ming but actually it’s another basketball player that got me into that number. I was a huge fan of BJ Armstrong and when he joined the Warriors, he wore #11 because #10 was already taken. Since then, I fell in love with the #11.

I also had a backup plan. If #11 was taken, I’d wear #2. That number isn’t all that glamorous like #1 or whatever. But I just feel that that number doesn’t get enough love in the world of sports. That makes no sense but I’ll take it.

What number do you wear when you play team sports?

Here are some other random uniform number thoughts that pop to my mind.

  • In baseball, I think it was an unwritten code that knuckleball pitchers wore #49. I remember Tim Wakefield and Tom Candiotti sporting those numbers, but R.A. Dickey doesn’t follow that mold.
  • Venezuelan shortstops and the #13 is a cool thing. Omar Vizquel, Asdrubal Cabrera, Ozzie Guillen are a few that have followed Davey Concepcion.
  • It is rare to see a pitcher wear a single digit uniform number.
  • I like that #42 is retired around baseball to honor Jackie Robinson.
  • In basketball, I always hold anyone wearing the #23 to a higher standard. Michael Jordan set that standard for me.
  • Uniforms number rules in basketball vary in college, NBA and international play.
  • In football where numbers are selected based on position, I am not big on receivers taking over the 10-19 numbers. But I understand that with 80-89 numbers being unavailable, there is little you can do.
  • From 1972-1980, the Super Bowl was won by a quarterback wearing the #12. That number has won 14 overall Super Bowl titles — the most in NFL history.
  • Quarterbacks wearing #1, #2, #3, #5 and #6 have never won a Super Bowl.
  • #88 for the Cowboys is bestowed upon a wide receiver team believes to be special.
  • The same can be said about the Lions and #20 for running backs.
  • Like Michael Jordan, if anyone wears #99 in hockey, I hold them to a higher standard.
  • In soccer (football/futbol) the #10 is associated with the team’s playmaker.

Have a happy Friday everyone!

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