Sports by Numbers: Clemente Best to Wear #21

Sports Illustrated Online recently put together a photo gallery of the “Best Athletes by Number.”
A notable Pirate made their list:

He is remembered as much for his humanitarianism as for his renown in right field. Clemente won four batting titles, 12 Golden Glove awards and finished his career with an average of .300. He died at 38, in 1972, in a cargo plane that was carrying supplies and food to Nicaragua.

Runner-up to Roberto was Roger Clemens, who, despite being an active player, can’t add to his resume in this contest—he now wears #22.
Tim Duncan, Sidd Finch, Kevin Garnett, Stan Mikita, David Pearson, Deion Sanders, Sammy Sosa, Warren Spahn, LaDainian Tomlinson and Dominique Wilkins were considered to be “worthy of consideration.”
Was Roberto the best to ever wear #21? Could Duncan, Garnett or LT do enough over the remainder of their careers to bump Clemente from the top spot?
Should baseball retire his number universally?

Author: Randy Linville

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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