8. Joe DiMaggio

Everyone knows that Joe Dimaggio wore number five throughout his illustrious hall of fame career with the New York Yankees. What most people don’t know, however, is that Joltin Joe wore number noine during his rookie season of 1936.

Batting in front of Lou Gherig, Joe D had one of the all-time greatest rookie seasons in the history of baseball that year. The Yankee Clipper batted .323 with 29 homers, 125 RBI, and 132 runs scored in only 132 games wearing number noine.

Later in 1936 Dimaggio led the Yanks to the first of his noine World Series titles. The following year he changed his number to the more familiar five and the rest is history.


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I've wanted to write about sports since the first time I read Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News rip George Steinbrenner about the Boss' treatment of Dave Winfield. The Pen truly is mightier than the sword. I still look forward to reading the sports section in the paper every morning. Writing about sports, even in a part time capacity is a dream come true.