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Only Ichiro is allowed to use just his first name on the back of his uniform.
The Yankees and the Red Sox are the only teams that do not have players’ names displayed on the backs of their home uniforms. The Yanks also don’t have them on road uniforms. (As a corollary, the sales of scorecards in Fenway Park are especially brisk.)
Every team in MLB, however, is required to have numbers on players’ jerseys. This practice dates back to the mid-1920s, and was begun by the Yankees. At the time, the placement of a hitter in the batting order determined his number. So the leadoff batter was 1, the second-place batter was 2, and so on.
I met Jeanne Matthews at the Book Passage Mystery Conference three years ago now, and we worked on her first mystery, Bones of Contention, and got it placed at the presitigious Poisoned Pen Press, and now book 2 is coming! Her main character, Dinah, is a delight!!! Read Jeanne's blog post about her writing inspirations.
I send out a fair amount of UPS and the receipt note usually says rec'g dock or front door - something exciting like that. Well, my author Charley Rosen lives up a long driveway in the Catskills, and it's been icey. But the UPS guy and Charley have an understanding about leaving packages on a tree stump by the roadside. Still, i almost spit my coffee out when the UPS email acknowledgment came in around 1:30 and it said, yup. STUMP. Made my day.