No. 31

by Ben Dieter

To me, No. 31 was a very easy one to pick. Greg Maddux won 4 Cy Young awards while winning an astounding 340 games during his career. Greg played 22 season in his career, and he was best known for his time in Atlanta, although he also pitched for the Cubs (twice), the Dodgers (twice), and the Padres. Maddux also struck out 3,371 while walking only 999, or an average of 46 per season. Maddux is of course a hall of famer, and he was elected to the hall in 2014, while he was a member of the Texas Rangers front office.


Maddux not only has effective and impressive stats, but he was always know as a really good teammate and person. Greg is very desreving on the best to ever wear no. 31!


No. 32

by Nathan Hague

How do you choose the best athlete to ever wear a number when it was worn by two of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen? Earvin “Magic” Johnson just might be the greatest point guard in NBA history. Jim Brown is considered by many to be the greatest running back in NFL history.

Just when you settle on one, go look at highlights of the other. Take a look at his numbers and you may quickly second guess yourself. Both of them stayed with one team their whole career and both of them had No. 32 retired with that team. Both of them were part of their sport’s 50th anniversary all-time team and both earned multiple MVP awards.

In the long run, I have made my decision and I have decided that the best player to ever wear No. 32 is (drum roll please)… Josh Hamilton….

OK, no not really.

Yes I’m still stalling, but for real this time. The winner is (drum roll one more time please)…. Magic Johnson.

Over his career, Johnson was named to the All-Star team 12 times,won five NBA finals, three NBA MVP awards and is the NBA’s all-time assist leader with 10,141. He was also a member of the 1992 Dream team that dominated its way to win the gold medal.

Love the Lakers or hate them, it’s safe to say that Johnson is among the best the game has ever seen and in the Hague Sports Countdown, he’s the best to ever wear No. 32.


Baseball Equality for All

There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about income equality, marriage equality, race equality, religious equality, that I thought I would take a few minutes to talk to you, the readers of my blog, about baseball equality. While there is a large amount of inequality in the world, there is […]

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No. 33

Over the years, the Lakers and Celtics have developed quite the rivalry, meeting 13 times in the NBA Finals where it was Boston who dominated, winning 10 of those series. However, it was a Laker who came out on top over a Celtic at No. 33 in our Jersey Countdown. There’s a reason Larry Bird […]

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No. 34

I have debated back and forth on who exactly to give the best to ever wear number 34 to, and I have finally come to a conclusion. For those wondering, the choice was between Nolan Ryan, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and Walter Payton, one of the greatest athletes of all time, […]

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ESPN takes “courage out of award

The following was a post written for the Marshall News Messenger ESPN missed the boat again, big time. I know enough people have already written and ranted about it but quite honestly, it’s insulting to the people who actually deserve an honor such as the Arthur Ashe Courage Award which will be handed out at […]

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No. 35

There haven’t been too many athletes in our countdown who are still playing but that’s the case here at No. 35 which has to go to Kevin Durant. Durant chose to wear No. 35 in honor of a high school coach and mentor who passed away at the age of 35. The Oklahoma City Thunder […]

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No. 36

Jerome Abram Bettis, better known as “The Bus,” leaves little room for argument about being the best athlete to ever wear No. 36. Bettis is sixth all time when it comes to NFL rushing yard leaders. He retired in 2006 after helping his Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit. Bettis […]

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No. 37

No. 37 was a tough one, there were not as many to chose from as some of the other numbers, and I decided to go with Doak Walker. The native Texan played his entire career with the Detroit Lions, where he was a all-star four times, led the NFL in scoring twice, and led the […]

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The Curse of the Ryan Express

The Following post was written by Nathan Hague for the Marshall News Messenger. If he wanted to, Nolan Ryan could probably run for the governor of Texas and win in a landslide. He’s beloved by Houston Astros fans and deeply missed by Texas Rangers fans. Back in 2010, I attended a game in Houston while […]

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