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Celebrating the number 10

Larry Wayne Jones

10 is the number worn by a guy named Larry Wayne Jones. Never heard of him? Sure you have. You know him as Chipper, the Braves star who is the only switch-hitter in major-league history to have a .300 or better average and 400 or more homers.

Today is October 10, 2010 — 10-10-10. So today we celebrate the No. 10, from a girl named Bo to a boy named Fran.

Guy Lafleur

The second-greatest sports star to wear No. 10, the Canadiens great known as "The Flower" might have been the most elegant and one of the most purely talented players in hockey history.

'Chicago X'

X is the Roman numeral for 10, and it is the name of the rock-jazz group Chicago's 10th album, released in 1976. Most famous song from the album: If You Leave Me Now.

10 in sports

A basketball rim is 10 feet above the ground. Bowling has 10 pins and 10 frames. The number of yards needed for a first down in football: 10.

Fran Tarkenton

The former Vikings quarterback, known as the "Mad Scrambler,'' ran around so much that his No. 10 might have been a blur. With Tarkenton being the Vikings' career leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, no one will wear that number for Minnesota again. It has been retired.


The great Brazilian soccer star is our pick for the greatest athlete to wear No. 10. Many soccer stars wear the number because it represents the star striker on the team. Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Diego Maradona, Messi, Zinedine Zidane and on it goes. But really, there's Pele, and then there's everyone else. Pele is to 10 what Wayne Gretzky is to 99.

Ron Francis

One of the classiest and most underrated players in NHL history wore No. 10 for the Whalers, Penguins and Hurricanes. He won two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh, though he wore No. 9 for the first one because another player was wearing 10 when he was traded there midway through the season. The next season, 10 was available again, and Francis wore the number he is remembered for.

Alex Delvecchio

The most famous number in Red Wings history is No. 9, worn by the great Gordie Howe. But right next to Howe in numerical order — and on his forward line — is Delvecchio, who wore No. 10 for the Wings from 1950 to 1974. To find a Red Wings No. 10 jersey now, look in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena, where Delvecchio's retired number hangs.


Name of the first, most famous and arguably best album by Seattle grunge group Pearl Jam, the album produced classic songs Once, Even Flow, Alive and the haunting Jeremy, which helped turn Pearl Jam into the one of the biggest bands in the world.


If you are, say, a 40-something male and you see the number 10, admit it, your first thought is Bo Derek, hair braided in cornrows, running down the beach in a bathing suit in slow motion. For those younger than 40 who don't get the reference, 10 is a 1979 movie starring Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews, and directed by Andrews' husband, Blake Edwards.

10 Downing St.

London's most famous address and one of the most famous addresses in the world, 10 Downing Street, nearly 300 years old, is the chief residence of the prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Robert Moses Grove

10 is the number worn by a guy named Robert Moses Grove. You know him by the name Lefty Grove, the baseball Hall of Famer who won 300 games from 1925 to 1941 for the Philadelphia A's and the Red Sox.

Ten Commandments

Of course, there's the list of imperatives that, according to the Hebrew Bible, were spoken by God to the people of Israel from Mount Sinai. Then there's the 1956 film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter and, in one of the most bizarre casting decisions in movie history, Edward G. Robinson as Dathan.

'Force Ten'

The first track on Rush's 1987 album Hold Your Fire, which is better known for the track Time Stand Still.

Rusty Staub/Andre Dawson

How bizarre, but No. 10 was retired twice by the Montreal Expos. Staub played 23 seasons in the big leagues for five teams, including the Mets. But he's best remembered for his four seasons in Montreal, where he was known as "Le Grand Orange" because of his red hair. The Expos retired the 10 he wore for them in 1993, but after it was also worn by Dawson, above, who was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dawson's 10 ceremony was in 1997.

Phil Rizzuto

Most fans know about the more famous retired Yankees numbers: Babe Ruth's No. 3, Lou Gehrig's No. 4, Joe DiMaggio's No. 5, Mickey Mantle's No. 7 and Yogi Berra's No. 8. But you need to keep counting to No. 10, the retired number worn by the Scooter, who played for the Yankees from 1941 to 1956 and then became a Yankees broadcaster for 40 years.

Sparky Anderson

The first manager to win a World Series with teams in both leagues wore No. 10 during his days with the Reds. Another famous manager to wear No. 10: Dick Howser of the Royals.

Ron Santo

He is one of the most beloved Cubs of all time. The nine-time All-Star third baseman had his No. 10 retired by the Cubbies in 2003.

Jo Jo White

Besides having one of the coolest names of the 1970s, White wore No. 10 for the Celtics. A couple of other cool names from the NBA of the '70s: Walt "Clyde" Frazier of the Knicks and Bob Love of the Bulls. Both wore 10.


The title of a 2002 album by rapper LL Cool J, it reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts. LL became the first artist to have 10 albums on the famous Def Jam record label.

FBI's 'Most Wanted' list

The one top 10 list you don't want to make turned 60 years old this year. On March 14, 1950, the FBI announced for the first time its top 10 list of its most dangerous and sought-after criminals. Over the years the list has included Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin, James Earl Ray; serial killer Ted Bundy; and terrorist Osama bin Laden, who remains on the list to this day.

Big Ten

The conference was established in 1896. But since Penn State joined in 1990, it actually has 11 teams. The official emblem of the Big Ten, above, has an "11'' etched in it to represent all the teams. Who knows what will happen to the emblem, or the conference's name, when Nebraska becomes the 12th school to join next year.

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