THE HEAVENLY HUNDRED

Which numbers should be retired in whose honor
May 21, 1989

Suppose there came a telegram from Heaven that read:

Sorry Stop Running out of space up here Stop Jammed, to the rafters Stop From now on can handle only one athlete per jersey number Stop Doesn't matter which sports Stop You decide Stop Fax list soonest Stop

This could happen. So we need to be ready, and I've taken the liberty of drawing up the list. Each jersey number shall honor only one athlete. That's the law. And I don't want any guff....

0 GEORGE PLIMPTON Paper Lion.

00 JIM OTTO

1/8 EDDIE GAEDEL

1 JACK NICKLAUS
The number worn by the caddie of the defending Masters champion.

1A SECRETARIAT
The 1973 Kentucky Derby winner's entry number.

2 LEO DUROCHER

W2 JOAN BENOIT
She wore it when she broke the women's world mark in the 1983 Boston Marathon.

3 BABE RUTH

4 LOU GEHRIG
Over Bobby Orr.

5 JOE DiMAGGIO

6 BILL RUSSELL
Sorry, Dr. J.

7 MICKEY MANTLE

8 CARL YASTRZEMSKI

9 GORDIE HOWE
With a nod to Ted Williams.

10 PELE

11 NORM VAN BROCKLIN

12 TERRY BRADSHAW
Four rings.

13 WILT CHAMBERLAIN

14 ERNIE BANKS

15 FRANZ KLAMMER
Won the 1976 Olympic downhill wearing it.

16 JOE MONTANA

17 DIZZY DEAN
I don't want to hear about no Hondo.

18 JACKIE ROBINSON
Wore it as a UCLA basketball player.

19 JOHNNY UNITAS

20 JOSH GIBSON

21 JIM THORPE

22 ELGIN BAYLOR

23 MICHAEL JORDAN
Forever.

24 WILLIE MAYS

25 FRED BILETNIKOFF

26 SATCHEL PAIGE

27 JUAN MARICHAL

28 YALE LARY
Detroit Lions.

29 KEN DRYDEN
Over Rod Carew.

30 JIM CRAIG
The USA's Olympic goalie in 1980.

31 JIM TAYLOR

32 SANDY KOUFAX
With apologies to Jim Brown, Magic Johnson and Elston Howard.

33 LEW ALCINDOR
Edging out Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

34 WALTER PAYTON

35 DOC BLANCHARD

36 O.J. SIMPSON
In his first pro year.

37 CASEY STENGEL

38 RAY DANDRIDGE
Of the Negro leagues.

39 ROY CAMPANELLA

40 VINCE LOMBARDI
Wore it at Fordham. Over Crazy Legs Hirsch and Gale Sayers.

41 ROGER BANNISTER
The day he broke the four-minute barrier.

42 SID LUCKMAN

43 RICHARD PETTY

44 HENRY AARON
Over Jerry West, Pistol Pete and Reggie.

45 BOB GIBSON

46 LOU GROZA
Wore it for a short time.

47 MEL BLOUNT

48 GERALD FORD
At Michigan.

49 TOM LANDRY
Wore it as a player with the New York Giants.

50 MIKE SINGLETARY

51 DICK BUTKUS

52 MIKE WEBSTER

53 DON DRYSDALE

54 GOOSE GOSSAGE

55 OREL HERSHISER

56 JIM BOUTON

57 JOHNNY (Blood)
McNALLY Four Green Bay championships.

58 JACK LAMBERT
Next to...

59 JACK HAM

60 CHUCK BEDNARIK

61 BILL GEORGE
The meanest Bear ever.

62 BUD WILKINSON
Wore it at Minnesota.

63 GENE UPSHAW

64 JERRY KRAMER
Author.

65 LES BINGAMAN
Lions' lineman.

66 MARIO LEMIEUX

67 SIXTEN JERNBERG
Won four Olympic cross-country ski golds.

68 L.C. GREENWOOD

69 LARRY COSTELLO
Of the NBA.

70 SAM HUFF

71 ALEX KARRAS

72 CARLTON FISK
With 27 taken in Chicago, he reversed himself.

73 LEO NOMELLINI
A pro wrestler, he wore it with the 49ers.

74 MERLIN OLSEN

75 DEACON JONES

76 LOU GROZA
Wore it the rest of the time.

77 RED GRANGE

78 BUBBA (Kill) SMITH

79 ROOSEVELT BROWN

80 JERRY RICE
Over Tom Fears. How's that for recognition?

81 NIGHT TRAIN LANE

82 RAYMOND BERRY

83 RENALDO NEHEMIAH
Hurdler. When he played for the 49ers.

84 ANDY ROBUSTELLI

85 NICK BUONICONTI

86 BRUD HOLLAND
1930s Cornell All-America end who became ambassador to Sweden.

87 BILL CARPENTER
The Lonely End.

88 LYNN SWANN

89 IRON MIKE DITKA

90 BOB (Foothills) KURLAND
The first great seven-footer.

91 OLGA KORBUT
At the Montreal Games.

92 LES HORVATH

93 This space available.

94 RANDY WHITE
Wore it at Maryland after fans stole all his 74's.

95 RICHARD DENT

96 BILL VOISELLE
From Ninety Six, S.C., he wore it with the Boston Braves.

97 ART STILL

98 TOM HARMON

99 WAYNE GRETZKY

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