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?