Last year at this time, as the calendar was about to turn to 2023, Uni Watch reader Marc Mayntz came up a really fun infographic featuring the then-current or most recent No. 23 to appear in a game for all 153 MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS teams. This year, as you can see above, he’s prepared something similar for No. 24, but with a few key differences. Here’s his explainer:
Nine leagues are represented this year (MLB, NFL, CFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, PWHL, MLS, and NWSL), plus NASCAR and Formula 1, encompassing 196 teams/drivers.
Players/drivers are listed in alphabetical order.
White jerseys are retired numbers, with the following exceptions:
- Rick Barry never wore a white jersey with the Warriors, so I used his home gold jersey from the championship 1974-75 season.
- Miguel Cabrera’s No. 24 has not yet been officially retired by the Tigers, but it presumably will be, probably when he’s inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- Champ Bailey’s No. 24 has not been officially retired by the Broncos, but the Broncos have said that it will never be issued again, thus making it de facto retired.
- I went with the white Lakers jersey for Kobe Bryant, since that is what he wore for his 81-point game.
All other squares are the most recent players who wore No. 24 for that team (as of about Dec. 10). There’s no real rhyme or reason to which version of a jersey I picked; it basically came down to an intersection of historical accuracy and aesthetic recognizability, with a dash of sentiment here and there.
The NNOB jerseys should be easily identifiable, but just in case anyone is confused:
- Yankees: Willie Calhoun
- Celtics: Sam Jones
- Giants and Mets: Willie Mays
Four of the six PWHL teams do not curently have a No. 24 on their roster (or at least they didn’t on Dec. 10), and neither does NWSL expansion team Bay FC, so I used the city name for those teams.
Formula 1 driver Zhou Guanyu is alphabetically last and the only F1 driver from China. His name is spelled in Hànzì, just like on his car.
No. 24 is a very popular soccer goalkeeper number, so I tried to approximate those kits to the best of my ability.
Finally, my personal favorite by far is the 1964-65 Tony Perez Reds jersey with the pinstripes and arched lettering under the number.
Great stuff, and a fun way to get ready for the new year. Please join me in thanking Marc for sharing this excellent project with us!