Choosing the best player to wear the uniform number 64 was an easy task. There are no dilemmas as you might have with the number 8 (Aikman, Young or Ripken?) or with the number 32 (Brown, Simpson or Koufax?). The number 64 by its nature does not lend itself well to glory. It would be an illegal uniform number in most levels of competitive basketball except the NBA. If a baseball player is wearing it (and they are playing for someone other than the Yankees) it's usually by someone 'under evaluation', which in English means they are headed for the minors once the season starts. The only noteworthy hockey players to wear a uniform number in the vicinity of the number 64 were Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr and even then, they chose instead to wear uniform numbers 66 and 68, respectively.á In ...
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