KATE PERINE, KATE LIVESEY now, with her proud parents, Ken and Carolyn, sports No. 10 while holding the NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship trophy that she and her Middlebury College teammates won in 2002. “10” was her favorite number in her years as a three-sport athlete at Middlebury Union High School and at Middlebury College.
The best uniform number in sports is 42, Jackie Robinson’s number. It’s been retired by Major League Baseball — no MLB player will ever wear it again. That’s a high honor, the highest. The Jackie Robinson movie was simply titled “42.”
If you reverse 42 you get a pretty great number too — 24, the number of Willie Mays, only the greatest baseball player ever. Basketball fans, no doubt, will cite Kobe Bryant, but he also wore #8 for a while. Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Bonds (Willie Mays’s godson), Bill Bradley, Lou Brock, are other notables who wore 24. For me, given my age and New England roots, 24...