The 12 Days of Christmas is one of the most recognizable carols in the Christmas lexicon, so we’re pairing it with the most recognizable jerseys.
Rob Manoff, Rob Whitney, and myself aka the voices behind the Write The Radio podcast are embarking on the 12 Jersey GOATS of Christmas. From the partridge in the pear tree to twelve drummers drumming we’re going 1 through 12 to find the best player who ever wore the number.
How it’s going down is simple. We’ve narrowed down a rep from each of the 4 major sports and throw a poll up on Twitter. Then the real experts weigh in and select the final winner. We’ll put up a post announcing the winner. Later in the countdown, we’ll announce our contest winners as well.
Oh, that’s right, we’re doing a giveaway as well. That part is simple too. All it takes is 3 simple steps. 1. Vote in the polls. 2. Retweet the poll. 3. Follow the Last Out Media Twitter account.
A Partridge In A Pear Tree- #1 Oscar Robertson
Our first GOAT was one that all three of us agreed would win. Oscar Robertson beat out Warren Moon, Ozzie Smith, and Terry Sawchuk to give the NBA the first win of the contest.
“The Big O” is a two-time basketball Hall of Famer and the first player to ever average a triple-double during a season, which he did in 1962. He helped win the Milwaukee Bucks their only championship in team history, in the 70-71 season, and also sued the NBA, helping expand free agency and loosen draft restrictions which would help lead to the more modern system and eventually high player salaries.
Robertson owned the college scoring record when he left for the pros, and was also a member of the gold medal-winning 1960 Olympic basketball team, and has been inducted into the FIBA and College Basketball Hall of Fame in addition to the Naismith Hall of Fame.
His pro career includes 12 straight All-Star appearances, being one of only 3 players under 6’5″ to record over 900 rebounds in a season, won an MVP award while Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlin were trading it back and forth, and has his number retired in Milwaukee and Sacramento (his original 14) and has been the measuring stick for versatility as a basketball player.
Be sure to follow along to see the next 11 selections for our 12 Jersey Goats of Christmas!