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"SUNFLOWER SEEDS & BASEBALL?"........
09/27/2014 @ 11:51 AM
Baseball players love 'sunflower seeds." Seeds haven't always been part of the baseball scene - that is until the public was told "tobacco kills." Since then its become the "chew" of choice.......

"HOLLYWOOD FINISH"...................
09/25/2014 @ 11:12 PM
The Yankee shortstop - captain - played his last game at Yankee Stadium - true to form he made it a "Hollywood movie ending."................

"PLAY and PRAY".......................
09/25/2014 @ 09:33 AM
Your in the big leagues - a major star - your teams in the middle of a heated pennant race - your Jewish - it's Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year - do you play or pray?

"BROKE".....................
09/24/2014 @ 10:01 AM
Olympic rings are hot commodity's on the resale playing field but right up there in popularity are rings from World Series - Super Bowls - and NBA Championships......

"FOR SALE" ..........
09/23/2014 @ 08:52 AM
Olympic Gold's for sale - 14 Olympic medals go on the block in a live sale conducted by RR Auction of Boston. The auction ends October 4th.

"OSCAR'S FUTURE" - (does he have one?)........
09/22/2014 @ 12:55 PM
If Oscar Pistorius wasn't an Olympic medalist we never would have heard of his South African criminal case.

The NFL - "NEVER STOPS GROWING".........
09/22/2014 @ 10:04 AM
How big is NFL football? Big and getting bigger - we now have "Thursday Night Football." How much more can we handle?

Football's "NEW BAD BOY"..............
09/21/2014 @ 11:25 AM
Here's a college kid who believes because of his football skills he's a "legend." The kid's only a legend in his own mind........dump him now - before he becomes a future NFL domestic abuser of women.......

"REVERSAL'S COMING".................
09/20/2014 @ 10:32 AM
The Fed's have been trying to get baseball great Barry Bonds behind bars for a long time - convicted of obstruction of justice - an appeals court in San Francisco now questions the soundness of that conviction.....

What "HANDICAP? " - What "DISABILITY?"...............
09/19/2014 @ 10:54 AM
Here's a group of young athletes who inspire us with their ability to overcome adversity. Missing limbs couldn't stop this boy from Rhode Island from playing football.


"SINGLE - DIGIT NUMBERS" ..............

Posted on 09/27/2014 @ 04:22 PM


No. 2 on a Yankee uniform will never be seen again after today's Fenway Park game.


Yankees first used numbers in 1929 - they were assigned according to batting order - eventually a looser system took hold league-wide - the higher the number - the lower the status - with single digits reserved for "everyday" players. Here's a good trivia question - name me the Yankee player who wore No.2 before it was handed over to Derek Jeter? Here's how former Yankee stars wound up with their single numbers.

No. 1 - Billy Martin - known as "Billy the Kid" - began his career as a Yankee with number 12 - but in 1951 No. 1 became available and the second baseman took it.

No. 3 - Babe Ruth - ("Sultan of Swat") - sold to the Yankees in 1919 by the Boston Red Sox. Yankees didn't use numbers until 1929 - Ruth was given No. 3 because that was his place in the batting order.

No. 4 - Lou Gehrig - like the Babe his number 4 reflected his place in the batting order. Gehrig's number 4 was the first number to ever be retired in all of American sports.

No. 5 - Joe DiMaggio - "Joltin Joe" - "Yankee Clipper" - was first assigned number 9 (1936) - it was his manager Joe McCarthy who then assigned DiMaggio No. 5 (1937) - there was the Babe (3) - Gehrig (4) - and number 5 DiMag.....

No. 6 - Joe Torre - no great story why he was given number 6 - it was simply "available."

No. 7 - Mickey Mantle - he was given number 6 in his rookie year (1951)- he had a first rough season and sent back to the minors - when recalled he was given No. 7.

No. 8 - Yogi Berra & Bill Dickey - the only number (until last year) in baseball history to be retired twice.

No. 9 - Roger Maris - Traded from Kansas City to the Yankees in 1959 - he wore number 9 in Kansas - when he reached the New York clubhouse they handed him the same number. Maris never asked for No.9 - he didn't care what they gave him.

Second baseman Mike Gallego wore number 2 for the Yankees (1992-1994) - Jeter's No.2 was assigned to him - never requested - he was happy just getting a uniform.

Jeter's retirement ends a great 20-year career - ends "SINGLE-DIGIT NUMBERS" - don't fret - the Yankee's putting on the playing field future Hall of Fame players will never end - that's their tradition - legacy - five years from now Derek Jeter's home will be Cooperstown.....

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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