Numbers can fascinate and amuse, and be used to start and settle all manner of sporting debates. But numbers can also tell stories. Here you’ll find the numbers that best reflect the pulse of sports in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
0 Number of players in major league history, aside from Ichiro, who have twice collected 200 hits on 100-loss teams. Ichiro, who also had 213 hits for the 101-loss Mariner disaster in 2008, is the eighth man in history with the 200-100 exacta, and the first since Beau Bell of the 1937 St. Louis Browns.
155 The number of times that Ichiro has been left on base in 2010. Galling as that is, it is nowhere near the major league record for individual player strandings. Back in 2004, en route to 262 hits, Ichiro got left on base 204 times, which broke Wade Boggs’ previous MLB record of 1990, set in 1985.
1 While Leon Washington is the only player in Seahawks history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, Jermaine Lewis is the only player in NFL history to twice return two kickoffs for TDs in a game. The first of those contests occured on Dec. 7, 1997 — in the Ravens’ 31-24 win over the Seahawks.
14 Number of years since Washington defeated Southern California at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Corey Dillon ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns in UW’s 21-10 victory.
6 Consecutive batters retired by Mariner reliever Dan Cortes to launch his major league career (two appearances, six outs.
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