Sunday, June 23, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific
SEATTLE SPORTS: BY THE NUMBERS
0. Benoit Benjamin, Sonics: If you saw Benoit play, you know why the Sonics thought Jim McIlvaine was worth $35 million. Also considered: Jeffrey (Penitentiary Face) Leonard, Mariners.
00. Olden Polynice, Sonics: Sonics brought him back for a second tour, just to see if his hands really were that bad. Yes. Yes, they were.
1. Warren Moon, UW football: Huskies' first black quarterback was the 1978 Rose Bowl MVP. Also considered: Gus Williams, Sonics; Lenny Randle, Mariners; Tony Chursky, Sounders.
2. Chuck Carroll, UW football: All-American halfback (1928) is one of just three Huskies to have his number retired. Also played baseball at UW.
3. Alex Rodriguez, Mariners: OK, OK, he took the money and ran. But it was $252 million. Also considered: Eddie O'Brien, Seattle U. basketball; Chris Magruder, UW baseball; Joe Schultz, Pilots manager; Gordie Sinclair, Totems.
4. Harold Reynolds, Mariners: One of the game's good guys has taken his act to "Baseball Tonight." Also considered: Corey Dillon, UW football; Neil Megson, Sounders; Johnny O'Brien, Seattle U. basketball.
5. Michael Jackson, UW football: Linebacker made game-saving interception in '78 Rose Bowl, played eight seasons for Seahawks. Also considered: Mario Bailey, UW football; Eldridge Recasner, UW basketball; Mike England, Sounders; Loren Anderson, Seattle Pacific basketball and baseball.
6. Sonny Sixkiller, UW football: Maybe he wasn't the best UW quarterback, but no one ever wrote a song called "The Ballad of Damon Huard." Sixkiller, a Cherokee Indian from Ashland, Ore., put some excitement back in a struggling program in the early 1970s. Also considered: Dan Wilson, Mariners; Bruce Raney, Seattle Pacific soccer; Kevin Stocker, UW baseball; Rudy Filion, Totems; Jamie Graves, UW softball.
7. Guyle Fielder, Totems: When the Totems scored, you can assume the assist came from Fielder. Also considered: Rashard Lewis, Sonics; Kevin Mitchell, Mariners; Brock Huard, Damon Huard, UW football; Paul Skansi, UW football; Sara Pickering, UW softball; Jo Jo White, Rainiers; Ian Russell, UW soccer.
9. Edo Vanni, Rainiers: Could be called "Mr. Seattle Baseball" after career that began as star player for the first Rainiers team in 1938, then included roles as Rainiers manager and executive, and in Pilots' front office. Also considered: Lawyer Milloy, UW football; Norm Johnson, Seahawks; Ruppert Jones, Mariners; Chance Fry, Sounders; Earl Averill, Rainiers.
10. Jim Zorn, Seahawks: Seahawks' first QB made it exciting, even when there weren't many wins. Also considered: Nate McMillan, Sonics; Sue Bird, Storm; Glen Goodall, Breakers/Thunderbirds; Ray Horton, UW football; Michelle Akers, U.S. soccer.
11. Edgar Martinez, Mariners: Edgar has been with the Mariners so long you might not remember he used to be a skinny third baseman with a mustache. Also considered: Joyce Walker, Harlem Globetrotters; Detlef Schrempf, Sonics; Marques Tuiasosopo, UW football; Jamie Redd, UW basketball; Geoff Hurst, Sounders; Mark Brunell, UW football; Tosca Lindberg, Seattle Pacific volleyball (and No. 25 as a basketball player); Sammy White, UW basketball.
12. Billy Joe Hobert, UW football: Well, before that little loan fiasco, Billy Joe did lead the Huskies to the 1991 co-national title. Also considered: Al Worley, UW football; Mark Langston, Mariners; Frank Oleynick, Seattle U. basketball; Seahawks' "12th Man" retired jersey, in honor of fans; U-12, Miss Budweiser, hydros; Patrick Marleau, Thunderbirds.
13. Slick Watts, Sonics: The bald guy with the cool headband. Also considered: Omar Vizquel, Mariners; Steve Bramwell, UW football; Chuck Nelson, UW football; Michelle Church, UW softball.
15. Bob Schloredt, UW football: All-America quarterback as a junior in 1959, was named MVP after Husky Rose Bowl wins in 1960 and '61. Also considered: Lauren Jackson, Storm; Louie Nelson, UW basketball; Tami Bennett, UW soccer; Bill McFarland, Totems.
16. Steve Pelluer, UW football: All-coast quarterback as a senior in 1983, played eight seasons in the NFL. Also considered: Mike Blowers, UW baseball; Jeff Stock, Sounders.
17. Dave Krieg, Seahawks: Guided Hawks through their mid-'80s glory years; had a slight fumbling problem. Also considered: Chris Chandler, UW football; Petr Nedved, Thunderbirds.
18. Jeff Jaeger, UW football: Huskies' career leader in points scored and field goals made (holds NCAA career mark of 80), including five of 48 yards or more his freshman season of 1983.
19. Lenny Wilkens, Sonics: Before coaching Sonics to NBA title in 1979, Wilkens played four seasons in Seattle, three as player/coach. Also considered: Jay Buhner, Mariners; Tom Greenlee, UW football; Heather Meyer, UW softball; Jeff Heaverlo, UW baseball; Sammy White, UW baseball.
20. Gary Payton, Sonics: Best player in Sonics history plays as good a game as he talks. Also considered: Eddie Miles, Seattle U. basketball; Calvin Jones, UW football; Lorenzo Romar, UW basketball; Vada Pinson, Rainiers.
21. Alvin Davis, Mariners: "Mr. Mariner" was the first inductee to the team's hall of fame. Also considered: Charlie Mitchell, UW football; Tommy Harper, Pilots.
22. Elgin Baylor, Seattle U. basketball: One of NBA's greatest players, took Chieftains to NCAA title game in 1958, losing to Kentucky. Also considered: Don Heinrich, UW football; Dave Brown, Seahawks; Detlef Schrempf, UW basketball; Kazu Sasaki, Mariners; Eddie Henderson, UW soccer.
23. George Irvine, UW basketball: Sweet-shooting forward averaged 16.8 points for Huskies, then played six seasons in ABA, later coached in NBA. Also considered: Bruce Bochte, Mariners; Tino Martinez, Mariners; Don Coryell, UW football; Amber Hall, UW basketball; Nesby Glasgow, UW football; Jennifer Spediacci, UW softball.
24. Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners: Still, the biggest star in Seattle sports history. Also considered: Spencer Haywood, Sonics; Joe Steele, UW football; Shawn Springs, Seahawks; LaShanna White, Seattle U. basketball; Diego Segui, Pilots; Fred Hutchinson, Rainiers.
25. Bob Houbregs, UW basketball: Hometown hero (Queen Anne High School) is arguably best player in Huskies history. Also considered: Curtis Williams, UW football; U-25, Pay 'n Pak, hydros.
26. Rogers Hornsby, Rainiers manager: One of the greatest players in baseball history managed the Rainiers for one season. Also considered: Kerry Justin, Seahawks.
27. (U-27) Slo-Mo-Shun IV, hydros: Took the Gold Cup out of Detroit in 1950, launched hydroplane racing as a Seattle spectacle. Also considered: Diego Segui, Mariners; Vestee Jackson, UW football.
28. Curt Warner, Seahawks: Ran for 1,449 yards as a rookie in '83, added three more 1,000-yard seasons. Also considered: Jacque Robinson, UW football; Joey Cora, Mariners.
29. Fred Hutchinson, Rainiers manager: Franklin grad was star pitcher (as No. 24) for the Rainiers as a teenager, then pitched and managed in major leagues, also managed Rainiers to PCL title in 1955. Also considered: Bret Boone, Mariners; Ernie Steele, UW football; Beno Bryant, UW football.
30. Kate Starbird, Reign: Lakes High grad was a star at Stanford, then with Seattle's short-lived ABL team. Also considered: Ken Griffey Sr., Mariners; Maury Wills, Mariners manager; Junior Coffey, UW football/horse racing; Bruno Boin, UW basketball.
31. Steve Broussard, Seahawks: Former Cougar was an exciting kick returner. Also considered: Debbie Miller, Seattle Pacific basketball.
32. Hugh McElhenny, UW football: "The King" was a big-play specialist, an All-American halfback in 1951 who went on to a Hall of Fame NFL career. Also considered: Fred Brown, Sonics; John L. Williams, Seahawks; Tom Workman, Seattle U. basketball; Ricky Watters, Seahawks.
33. George Wilson, UW football: Three-time All-American, led Huskies to 1924 and '26 Rose Bowls. One of three Huskies to have number retired. Also considered: Jawann Oldham, Seattle U. basketball.
34. Xavier McDaniel, Sonics: "X-Man" applied the greatest chokehold in NBA history, wringing Wes Matthews' scrawny, little neck. He could play, too. Also considered: Freddy Garcia, Mariners; Ray Frankowski, UW football.
35. Chris Osgood, Thunderbirds: Won two Stanley Cups as Red Wings' goalie, now with Islanders.
36. Gaylord Perry, Mariners: Spitball specialist won 300th game with Mariners. Also considered: Don McKeta, UW football.
37. Bill Caudill, Mariners: "Cuffs" was a decent reliever, an outstanding comedian. Also considered: Norm Charlton, Mariners; Shaun Alexander, Seahawks; U-37, Slo-Mo-Shun V, hydros.
38. Charlie Browning, UW football: Member of 1963 team that played in Rose Bowl, inspired a song with this lyric: "Charlie Browning, he's still first-downing." Seriously. Also considered: Mark Stewart, UW football.
39. Dick Sprague, UW football: An All-American defensive back and halfback in 1950 as a sophomore. Sprague also played basketball and competed in track for the Huskies.
40. Shawn Kemp, Sonics: "The Reign Man" looked like one of the best players in the NBA during '96 NBA Finals against the Bulls. Also considered: Chris Welp, UW basketball; Rhonda Smith, UW basketball; Dave Kopay, UW football.
41. Eugene Robinson, Seahawks: Picked off 42 passes in 11 seasons. Also considered: Howard Heppner, Seattle Pacific basketball.
42. James Edwards, UW basketball: Roosevelt High star was an All-American at Washington, and played 19 seasons in the NBA. Also considered: Chris Warren, Seahawks.
44. Clint Richardson, Seattle U. basketball: O'Dea phenom was a high-scoring guard for Seattle U., played eight seasons in the NBA. Also considered: David Thompson, Sonics; Roland Kirkby, UW football; Mike Cameron, Mariners; Jaime Clark, UW softball.
45. Kenny Easley, Seahawks: Five-time Pro Bowl safety, career cut short by a kidney ailment. Also considered: Bob Rule, Sonics; Ron Medved, UW football; Doug Smart, UW basketball.
46. Jason Chorak, UW football: Vashon High grad was an All-American defensive end and the Pac-10 defensive player of the year in 1996.
47. Cliff McCrath, Seattle Pacific soccer coach: Legendary coach has been at SPU for 32 years, has won five NCAA titles, more than 500 games, and been inducted into three halls of fame, at last count.
48. Keith Simpson, Seahawks: Solid defensive back for eight seasons.
49. Ed Marinaro, Seahawks: Ivy Leaguer (Cornell) played only two games for Seahawks, better known as "Hill Street Blues" cop.
50. Ray Mansfield, UW football: All-coast center (1962) went on to long career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning a couple of Super Bowls. Mansfield died while hiking in the Grand Canyon in 1996. Also considered: Jamie Moyer, Mariners; Todd MacCulloch, UW basketball.
51. Randy Johnson, Mariners: Tall. Overpowering. No-hitter. Cy Young. Strikeouts, lots and lots of strikeouts. And baseball's worst mullet. Also considered: Ichiro, Mariners; Reggie Rogers, UW football (also played basketball); Dirk Been, Seattle Pacific basketball (better known as part of the first "Survivor" cast).
53. Arnie Weinmeister, UW football: Defensive lineman from Saskatchewan was an NFL Hall of Famer.
54. Dave Hoffmann, UW football: Great Moments in Washington vs. Oregon rivalry: When Duck fans threw a dog biscuit at Hoffmann before a game at Autzen Stadium, he calmly picked it up and ate it.
55. Brian Bosworth, Seahawks: Well, at least he had that acting career to fall back on. Also considered: Roy McKasson, UW football.
56. Jim Bouton, Seattle Pilots: Taught us all a lot of new words. Thanks, Jim. Also considered: Dave Nisbet, UW football.
57. Tony Woods, Seahawks: Defensive end, linebacker for six seasons.
58. Bruce Scholtz, Seahawks: Seven-year starter at linebacker.
59. Blair Bush, Seahawks: Former Husky was Seahawks' center from 1983-88.
60. Bern Brostek, UW football: Pac-10's offensive lineman of the year in 1989, played eight seasons in NFL. Also considered: U-60, Miss Thriftway/Miss Century 21, hydros.
61. Tom Lynch, Seahawks: Moved into starting lineup as a rookie in '77.
62. Chris Gray, Seahawks: Veteran lineman in fifth season with Hawks.
63. Norm Dicks, UW football: Has had more fame as a Congressman than as a guard at UW in the early '60s.
64. Darrick Brilz, Seahawks: Former Oregon State lineman played five seasons for Hawks. Also considered: Kyle Benn, UW football.
65. Vic Markov, UW football: An All-American lineman in 1937, Markov was also an accomplished wrestler who qualified for Olympic trials. Also considered: Edwin Bailey, Seahawks.
66. Rick Redman, UW football: Two-time All-American linebacker (1963-64) and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Played nine seasons in the AFL. Also considered: Max Starcevich, UW football; Chuck Allen, UW football; Paul Schwegler, UW football.
67. Bill Smith, UW football: All-American played in the 1934 East-West game, the first college all-star game.
68. Dennis Boyd, Seahawks: All we can say is this was a tough number.
69. Floyd Wedderburn, Seahawks: Biggest Seahawk at 333 pounds, edging teammate Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack by a bacon double cheeseburger. Also considered: Kurth Connell, UW football.
70. Michael Sinclair, Seahawks: Led NFL with 16.5 sacks in 1998. Also considered: Larry Tripplett, UW football; Rudy Mucha, UW football.
71. Steve Niehaus, Seahawks: Tough to say if the Hawks' first first-round draft choice was their worst (remember Dan McGwire?), but he wasn't good. And he was hurt all the time. Also considered: Chad Ward, UW football.
72. Joe Nash, Seahawks: Longest tenure with Hawks, 15 seasons, 218 games. Also considered: Kevin Gogan, UW football.
73. Norm Evans, Seahawks: Taken in expansion draft; in 1966, had been selected by Miami Dolphins in AFL expansion draft. Also considered: Mac Bledsoe, UW football; Doug Martin, UW football.
74. Manu Tuiasosopo, Seahawks: Played five seasons, greatest contribution to Seattle sports might have been son, Marques.
76. Benji Olson, UW football: South Kitsap grad was the first UW offensive lineman to be named All-American twice. Starter for Tennessee Titans. Also considered: Kurt Gegner, UW football.
77. Jeff Bryant, Seahawks: Played 12 seasons, starter on defensive line. Also considered: Vladimir Radmanovic, Sonics; George Strugar, UW football.
78. Curt Marsh, UW football: Snohomish High and UW star's NFL career was plagued by injuries. In 1994, his right leg was amputated below the knee.
79. Jacob Green, Seahawks: Led Hawks in sacks nine of his 12 seasons. Also considered: Dennis Brown, UW football.
80. Steve Largent, Seahawks: Best player in Seahawks history, retired with NFL records for receptions, yards, touchdowns. Also considered: No one.
81. Daryl Turner, Seahawks: Deep threat caught team-record 13 touchdown passes in 1985.
82. Paul Skansi, Seahawks: Graduated from Gig Harbor's Peninsula High, played at Washington, then eight seasons with Hawks. Also considered: Ernie Conwell, UW football.
83. Steve Raible, Seahawks: Good receiver, better anchor.
84. Joey Galloway, Seahawks: Still hasn't lived up to his potential. Also considered: Sam McCullum, Seahawks.
85. Mark Bruener, UW football: Aberdeen High graduate was a two-time All-Pac-10 tight end, and is a starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also considered: Cameron Cleeland, UW football.
86. Mike Tice, Seahawks: Quarterback at Maryland, tight end in two tours with Hawks, now Minnesota Vikings head coach.
87. Charle Young, Seahawks: Best years were with Rams and 49ers, long before he came to Seattle.
88. Pete Metzelaars, Seahawks: Completes run of Seahawks tight ends on the list.
89. Brian Blades, Seahawks: Second to Steve Largent in most team receiving lists.
90. Steve Emtman, UW football: In '91, Emtman had a dream season, winning Lombardi and Outland trophies, and leading Huskies to co-national title. Probably could have won Heisman in '92 (it went to Gino Torretta, for crying out loud), but skipped senior season and was the No. 1 pick in NFL draft . Also considered: Dave Williams, UW football; Ron Holmes, UW football.
91. Brian Habib, UW football: Huskies lineman played a couple seasons for Seahawks.
92. Mike Frier, Seahawks: Paralyzed in 1994 car wreck with teammates Lamar Smith and Chris Warren.
93. John Randle, Seahawks: Veteran sackmaster hoping to provide Seahawks with a pass rush. Also considered: Phillip Daniels, Seahawks.
94. Chad Brown, Seahawks: Pro Bowl linebacker, snake collector.
95. Jim Lambright, UW football: Lambo, an Everett High grad, was all-conference defensive lineman in 1964, then longtime assistant coach before serving as head coach from 1993-98. Also considered: '95, the year (you know, when the Mariners saved baseball in Seattle).
96. Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks: "The Tez" was a perennial All-Pro, and a monster in his heyday. Also considered: Mac Suzuki, Mariners (first Japanese Mariners player).
97. Glenn Montgomery, Seahawks: Defensive lineman died of Lou Gehrig's disease.
98. Sam Adams, Seahawks: Won Super Bowl with Ravens, now owns semipro team on Eastside.
99. Robin Earl, UW football: A 250-pound fullback in mid-'70s, when that was unusual. Almost as unusual as fullbacks who wore No. 99. Sixth on all-time UW rushing list.
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