Nine to Know: Billy-Ball-a-Grams: Retired Numbers edition

Billy-Ball-a-Grams are easy and fun to play. These are anagrams, which are a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another, such as “Axe strangers,” formed from “Texas Rangers.”

The category for today’s Nine to Know is retired numbers. Each of the nine word, phrase, or name has been formed by rearranging the letters of a player whose number has been retired by some team.

Readers are encouraged to put their answers in the Comments section of this column found on The first correct entry has the honor of being the person who recorded the first correct entry. The answers will be published ultimately in the Comments section by me, if the complete set is not recorded by someone else.

Have fun!

  1. Nine breaks
  2. We bag dogs
  3. Spry naked arson
  4. Bongo bibs
  5. Kick prey butt
  6. My icicle vowel
  7. Drug irony
  8. A detested whim
  9. Ban ironic jokes