Wednesday

Athlete Number 32 - Sandy Koufax

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The best lefthander to ever pitch in the major leagues, Sandy Koufax, is the best athlete to wear the number 32. The Brooklyn and LA Dodger played a mere 12 seasons. In those 12 seasons, though, he proved to be a pitching behemoth. He won five consecutive era titles, posting a career 2.76 mark. He also won 25 or more games three times, was the NL MVP in 1963, won three Cy Young Awards (1963, '65 and '66,) and two World Series MVPs (1963 and '65.) 'Nuff said. (picture courtesy of quietfm.com)


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Tuesday

Athlete Number 31 - Mike Piazza


The last player taken by the Dodgers in the 1988 draft, Mike Piazza, is the best athlete to wear the number 31. Although it is apparent that his talent wasn't forseen by the major leagues, Mike proved himself to be extremely proficient as a hitter. He is the best hitting catcher in major league history. Mike is the all-time leader in home runs by a catcher at 415 (as of 8/22/06,) and holds a .309 career batting average. Although Mike Piazza was well known as the MVP of the New York Mets, he has his most outstanding year with the LA Dodgers. In 1997, Mike belted a gaudy .362 to go along with 40 homers and 124 RBI. (photo courtesy of baseballXXL.de)

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Thursday

Athlete Number 30 - Martin Brodeur


The career New Jersey Devil and top NHL goalie, Martin Brodeur is the pick for the best professional athlete to wear the number 30. With Stanley Cup championships in 1995, 2000 and 2003, Martin is recognized as one of the top, if not the top, goalie in the NHL. (He has also been Canada's starting goalie in recent international play.) Here are some of his creds:

  • 1994 Calder Trophy winner
  • 2003, 2004 Vezina Trophy winner
  • 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 NHL All-Star
  • 3-time Stanley Cup champion (starting in goal)
  • 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004 Jennings Trophy winner

Did you know.....Marty's dad, Denis, played in the 1956 Olympics for Canada as goaltender?

(photo courtesy of nhl.com)


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Athlete Number 29 - Rod Carew


Another tough one. When I first thought about who number 29 would be, Eric Dickerson seemed like a lock. However....if you look at Rod Carew's career numbers, they are quite overwhelming. Here you go:

  • AL Batting Title 1969, 1972-75, 1977-78
  • .328 lifetime hitter
  • 1967 Rookie of the Year
  • 1977 AL MVP
  • All-Star from 1967 through1984
  • 3,053 lifetime hits
  • 1991 Hall of Famer (1st year of eligibility)

Did you know.....Rod Carew's number 29 has been retired by both the Twins and the Angels? (photo courtesy of southwestern.edu)

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