Unlike any other baseball statistics book, which reveals only the information about the numbers players put on the board, this revolutionary volume reveals all of the fascinating and little-known meanings and nuances behind the numbers that players wear on their backs. Now Batting, Number... covers a wide range of categories, including “Boyhood Idols” (why players choose certain numbers), “Birthday Babes” (which players have worn the same number as their date of birth), “Caretakers” (inside stories from equipment managers on the selection of players’ numbers), and “ Early Innings” (the history of numbering in baseball).
At the center of Now Batting, Number... is a substantial section listing the complete rosters of thirty Major League teams with each player’s number and position since 1929. Other lists include every retired number listed by league and team, every retired number listed by position, famous players’ numbers and every other player who ever honored them by wearing that number (listed by number), and much more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Did You Know...
- Carlos May is the only Major League player to wear his entire birth date on his uniform—"May 17"?
- Bobby Valentine Switched from #13 to #11 while on the Angels after his jaw was broken by a pitch, his leg was broken running into a wall, and a ground ball broke his nose?
- Al Oliver was the first Major League player to wear #0 in 1978 with the Texas Rangers? He insisted it was an "O" for Oliver, not a zero.
- If a "Dream Team" was ever assembled of all the great #8's from the Majors it would include: 1B, Willie Stargell, SS Cal Ripkin, CF Andre Dawson, RHP Schoolboy Rowe, and MGR Yogi Berra?
- Reggie Jackson wore #44 for less than half his career?
- Pop Haines pitched a no-hitter wearing #18 in 1924?