February 16, 1992
On this day 18 years ago, Magic Johnson’s iconic #32 jersey number was retired by the Los Angeles Lakers – which was extremely odd since this event was followed by two different comebacks to the NBA. Unlike Michael Jordan, Magic was allowed to wear his previously-retired jersey during his comeback stints.
We enjoy featuring iconic numbers on our podcast, and #32 throughout sports is nothing short of iconic. Other than Magic Johnson, the short list of athletes that have worn the #32 includes: Magic Johnson, Marcus Allen, Jim Brown, Steve Carlton, Julius Erving, Sandy Koufax, Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal and O.J. Simpson.
And, of course…
Chet Steadman, from the American classic “Rookie of the Year”.