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LIFE.com: Greatest Athletes to Wear 23

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The Greatest Athletes to Wear 23

While most closely associated in sports circles with Michael Jordan, there's more to the number 23 than just His Airness. Number 23 has been worn by stars playing football, baseball, hockey, soccer -- and a few basketball players who don't have the initials "MJ".

Above: Bob Gainey lines up with several current and former players from the Montreal Canadiens during a ceremony to retire his jersey number 23 before a game on February 23, 2008 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec (Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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