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Kaufman
12-29-2005, 03:29 AM
I was just watching a replay from Outside The Lines with Jeremy Schaap - they were going through a few jersey numbers and identifying the greatest player ever to wear that particular number, regardless of what sport they played. So I thought that'd be an inspiring topic and I'd like everyone's thoughts. Maybe we could go through a few different numbers week to week.

I thought I'd start with the number 7. I look forward to getting a few JO's in here, especially from P GuRL.

My vote goes to John Elway.

SoupIsGood
12-29-2005, 03:31 AM
Crap, I did this same thing the other day at lunch. It seems a lot of sports stars don number seven.

Some said Elway. Some Vick. I said JO, I think someone else did too.

Pig Nash
12-29-2005, 03:33 AM
Good idea, bad number to start with, as anyone who doesn't say Elway is nuts.

Kaufman
12-29-2005, 03:34 AM
Yeah but there are other 7's out there. Theismann, ummmmm.

Kaufman
12-29-2005, 03:35 AM
We can switch it something like 33 next if this one absolutely doesn't take off.

317Kim
12-29-2005, 09:36 AM
:nod: JO...we can get into stats/facts later.
Some stuff that's right on top of my head:
-Youngest player to ever play an NBA game at 18 yrs 1 mth and 22 days
-First NBA Player to EVER have a triple double involving blocks (10) in 03
-Currently averages a double double and 2.38 BPG.

travmil
12-29-2005, 03:31 PM
How about we just start at 1 and go up from there?

ABADays
12-29-2005, 03:57 PM
God - you guys ARE young! Ever hear of Mickey Mantle?

tadscout
12-29-2005, 04:14 PM
God - you guys ARE young! Ever hear of Mickey Mantle?
:amen:

Kaufman
12-29-2005, 04:29 PM
That's true, didn't even think of him. :)

Kaufman
12-29-2005, 04:31 PM
Any of the board's elder statesmen have an idea of how to make this a more entertaining discussion? I suppose 7 isn't the best of numbers to start with but I think this type of topic could really be thought provoking. Maybe this isn't a good topic that enough people are interested in?

pizza guy
12-29-2005, 06:18 PM
i knew there was a yankee that would qualify.

and, before anyone tries number 3, it's another yankee...the babe.

ABADays
12-29-2005, 07:19 PM
Any of the board's elder statesmen have an idea of how to make this a more entertaining discussion? I suppose 7 isn't the best of numbers to start with but I think this type of topic could really be thought provoking. Maybe this isn't a good topic that enough people are interested in?

Actually, no. I think it's an entertaining idea. With the wide range of ages I can see how many others I can call out :D

ABADays
12-29-2005, 07:31 PM
I would have to think about that one a while but Roberto Clemente comes to mind immediately.

SoupIsGood
12-29-2005, 07:40 PM
Clemente is a nice pick


LaDanian Tomlinson

Tim Duncan

Kaufman
12-29-2005, 08:38 PM
WE'RE doing 7!!! Not 21.

SoupIsGood
12-29-2005, 10:16 PM
I like 21 too tho

rel
12-29-2005, 10:20 PM
Clemente is a nice pick


LaDanian Tomlinson

Tim Duncan


im thinking former pacer star...JIMMY "SNAP" HUNTER

;)

317Kim
12-29-2005, 10:22 PM
OH SNAP! :-p

Shade
12-30-2005, 12:30 AM
Let's just go straight to #31 and get it over with already. ;)

SycamoreKen
12-30-2005, 01:39 AM
O.k., after searching for uniform numbers of players in the halls of fame for basketball, football, baseball, and hockey I have to concur that Mantle and Elway should be at the top of the list.

I couldn't find a listing of the numbers for players in the basketball hall, so i went by numbers that have been retired by teams. For the other 3 I found lists. Here are the players that wore #7 from each list:

NBA:
Bingo Smith Cleveland
Kevin Johnson Phoenix
Pete Maravich Utah

NHL:
i. Retired jersey number at Boston Bruins (for Phil Esposito)
ii. Retired jersey number at Buffalo Sabres (for Rick Martin)
iii. Retired jersey number at Cardiff Devils (for Doug McEwen)
iv. Retired jersey number at Dallas Stars (for Neal Broten)
v. Retired jersey number at Detroit Red Wings (for Ted Lindsay)
vi. Retired jersey number at Edmonton Oilers (for Paul Coffey)
vii. Retired jersey number at IFK Helsinki (for Simo Saarinen)
viii. Retired jersey number at Ilves Tampere (for Aarne Honkavaara)
ix. Retired jersey number at Lukko Rauma (for Matti Keinonen)
x. Retired jersey number at Montreal Canadiens (for Howie Morenz)
xi. Retired jersey number at New York Rangers (for Rod Gilbert)
xii. Retired jersey number at Philadelphia Flyers (for Bill Barber)
xiii. Retired jersey number at Sheffield Steelers (for Ronnie Wood)
xiv. Retired jersey number at Washington Capitals (for Yvon Labre)

Bobby Hull also wore #7 for 2 seasons before switching to #9

NFL:

Earl (Dutch) Clark 7
John Elway 7
George Halas 7
Mel Hein
Clarence (Ace) Parker
Bob Waterfield

MLB

Rick Ferrell 2 seasons
Hank Greenberg 1 season
Gabby Hartnett 1 season
Monte Irvin 1 season
George Kell 5 seasons
Tony Lazzeri 1 season
Freddy Lindstrom 1 season
Ernie Lombardi 1 season
Heinie Manush 1 season
Eddie Mathews 2 seasons
Joe Medwick 9 seasons
Mickey Mantle 18 seasons (wore #6 for part of first season in '51)
Red Schoendienst part of 1 season

Of the 210 players in the basebal hall only 36 wore the same number thier whole career. There were at least that many that wore no number at all.

Links to the sites used:

baseball:
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/lists/uni_numbers.htm

hockey: (click on shirt #'s on the left and then retired shirt #'s)
http://www.azhockey.com/

football:
http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/jerseys-alpha.jsp

basketball:
http://members.aol.com/bradleyrd/retired.html

Kaufman
12-30-2005, 09:21 AM
Surely there must have been some great college 7's?

ABADays
12-30-2005, 09:33 AM
Wow Ken - impressive research.

SycamoreKen
12-30-2005, 01:49 PM
Wow Ken - impressive research.

Thanks, I got his in me and decided to nake sure we had the info. on as many old guys as possible. I may hve to include this in every # list done so others can do thier own research. I put the links in my favorites.

Deadshot
12-30-2005, 03:24 PM
This reminds me of a question regarding famous #7's from my SceneIt sports game.

Sollozzo
01-01-2006, 05:59 PM
Surely there must have been some great college 7's?

It's funny that you mention that.

I can't think of any recent players in NCAA hoops history that have worn number 7.

NCAA numbers are always the same. You always see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 42, 44, 50, 52, 55


There are never any number 7's. There are never any number 8's


College seems to recycle the same numbers.

Kaufman
01-01-2006, 09:31 PM
Adam, I think it has to do with the refereeing the game - its easier to be able to use two hands and signal which player was involved in an infraction. But that said, there have been some decent college footballers that I can think of - it's been suggested that we avoid the college realm though, bc of the sheer number of student atheletes over time that have existed.

Kaufman
01-01-2006, 10:00 PM
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