No. 27

by Ben Dieter

carlton_fisk_uniform_27_retirement_day_00_collage_photofileI went back and forth on who should be the best to wear no. 27. There was Eddie George, who had a decent NFL career, but I don’t think it was hall of fame worthy, and although he was good, I am not sure I can call him the best to wear 27. Then there was a Texas Ranger killer named Valdimir Guerrero, who had a great career and even played for the Rangers for a season.

 

But I am not going with either of those guys, I think I have to pick Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk. Fisk had a career .269 average, he hit 367 home runs, knocked in 1330 RBI, and was an all star eleven times during his nearly 2500 games played. Fisk had his number retired by the Red Sox and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

 

Fisk was one of the great catchers of all time, and he was the home run leader for catchers until he was finally passed by Mike Piazza. Fisk was a great catcher, a great hitter, and in my opinion, well deserving of being called the best ever to wear no. 27.

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No. 28

by Nathan Hague

As we continue the Hague Sports Jersey Countdown with No. 28, we follow up Eric Dickerson with
Marshall Faulk another running back who also happened to play for the Colts and the Rams.

Faulk was a major key as to why the St. Louis Rams were dubbed the “Best Show on Turf.” In 1999, he was the NFL offensive player of the year as he guided the Rams to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Along the way, he rushed for 1,381 yards and caught for another 1,048 yards as he was just one of two players to have over 1,000 yards in each category. He followed that season up with an NFL MVP in each of his next two seasons as he helped the Rams reach their second Super Bowl in February of 2001 where they fell to the New England Patriots, who earned their first of four Lombardi Trophies.

Faulk was drafted out of San Diego State by the Colts with the second overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft as he was named NFL Rookie of the Year that season. He spent five seasons with the Colts before being traded to the Rams. To say his resume is impressive would be an understatement. Faulk was named to seven Pro Bowls, earned two MVPs, three NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards and three team MVPs.

He finished his career with 12,280 rushing yards, 6,875 receiving yards and a total of 136 touchdowns.

His No. 28 jersey was retired by San Diego State as well as with the Rams and he is in the Colts Ring of Honor. He was recently ranked the No. 70 NFL Player of All time by NFL.com. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and is named the best player to ever wear No. 28 in our books.

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No. 29

After a long drought, the Hague Sports continues its jersey countdown at No. 29. There are a handful of candidates but we’re giving the award to Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. Dickerson played 11 years in the league and finished his career with 2,996 attempts for 13,259 yards and 90 touchdowns. […]

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No. 30

No. 30 could easily have gone to Nolan Ryan but because we had the strikeout king at No. 34, we had to look elsewhere and our search took us to frozen water. I don’t try to pretend to know a lot about hockey but I do remember Martin Brodeur, and his accolades speak for themselves. […]

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No. 31

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), […]

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No. 32

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. […]

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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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