Today (1992): Magic Johnson's #32 Jersey is Retired By Lakers

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Today (1992): Magic Johnson's #32 Jersey is Retired By Lakers

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.

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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…

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Chet Steadman, from the American classic “Rookie of the Year”.


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