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Why do sports players have numbers?

is it to spot an individual from far away?

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So you know who's who!

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Sports players have numbers to identify each person on the field as no two people from the same team can wear the same number. They have also become the source of emotional attachment, and honor. The uniform numbers first appeared in the 19th century but record show they were officially recorded as from 1907.

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so you dont get players mixed up, and people can go player 12 foul. also people like being called number and going I have the same number as such and such on the football team.

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