What’s in a Number?

Starting tonight (9-4-13) newly acquired Jason Morneau of the Pittsburgh Pirates will trade in his #33 uniform for one with a #66  on the back during his time in the “Iron City.”  Morneau wore #33 while in Minnesota playing for the Twins and thought he’d be wearing it as a Pirate until the hands of history held up the proverbial “stop sign.”

Morneau with the Twins

Morneau with the Twins

Uniform #33 has been retired by the Pirates in honor of Hall of Famer Honus Wagner. When I heard about this I put up my own mental “stop sign” and questioned how this could be, because back in Wagner’s time, ball players didn’t wear numbers.

Honus Wagner early 1900's during his playing days

Honus Wagner early 1900’s during his playing days

So, where did 33 come from? After converging on press row with Dave DeGrace, and some help from the Pirate Media Guide it became evident that the 33 comes from Wagner’s years as a coach when he coached between 1933 – 1951 and wore the number 33.

Wagner as a coach

Wagner as a coach

Morneau made it easy and simply doubled it, and chose #66.

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

I guess it is true, you learn something new everyday!

2 thoughts on “What’s in a Number?

  1. morneau one of the class acts…..unlike our own peralta who plunked morneau tonight for no good reason.
    i’d like to see peralta and Francisco gone after this year. neither one acts like they want to be out there.

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