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Retired Numbers

In 1929, the New York Yankees became the first team to make numbers a permanent part of the uniform. Other teams quickly adopted the idea and, by 1932, uniform numbers became standard for all teams. The initial distribution of numbers on the Yankees was made according to the players position in the batting order. Therefore, in 1929, leadoff hitter Earle Combs wore #1, Mark Koenig #2, Babe Ruth #3, Lou Gehrig #4, Bob Meusel #5, Tony Lazzeri #6, Leo Durocher #7, Johnny Grabowski #8, Benny Bengough #9, Bill Dickey #10 (Grabowski, Bengough and Dickey shared the catching duties).

When a player has made contributions beyond compare to the team and the game, it has become customary throughout sports for a team to retire that player's uniform number, thereby giving them a permanent place in team history. With the New York Yankees rich history, there have been 15 Yankee uniform numbers retired, honoring 16 players for their impact on the game and the team.

Billy Martin

Born May 16, 1928     Died Dec. 25, 1989
Yankee Years:
    Player - 1950-1957
    Manager - 1975-1979, 1983, 1985, 1988
Positions: 2B, 3B, SS, OF
Career Avg: .242
Babe Ruth

Born July 11, 1895     Died Aug. 16, 1948
Yankee Years: 1920-1934
Positions: P, OF, 1B
Career Avg: .342
Career ERA: 2.28
Lou Gehrig

Born June 19, 1903     Died June 2, 1941
Yankee Years: 1923-1939
Positions: 1B, OF, SS
Career Avg: .340
Joe DiMaggio

Born Nov. 25, 1914     Died March 8, 1999
Yankee Years: 1936-1951
Positions: OF, 1B
Career Avg: .325
Mickey Mantle

Born Oct. 20, 1931     Died Aug. 13, 1995
Yankee Years: 1951-1968
Positions: OF, 1B, 2B, SS
Career Avg: .298
 
Bill Dickey

Born June 6, 1907     Died Nov. 12, 1993
Yankee Years:
    Player - 1928-1946
    Manager - 1946
Positions: C
Career Avg: .313
Yogi Berra

Born May 12, 1925    
Yankee Years:
    Player - 1946-1963
    Manager - 1964, 1984-1985
Positions: C, OF, 1B, 3B
Career Avg: .285
Roger Maris

Born Sept. 10, 1934     Died Dec. 14, 1985
Yankee Years: 1960-1966
Positions: OF
Career Avg: .260
Phil Rizzuto

Born Sept. 25, 1917    
Yankee Years: 1941-1956
Positions: SS, 2B
Career Avg: .273
Thurman Munson

Born June 7, 1947     Died Aug. 2, 1979
Yankee Years: 1969-1979
Positions: C, DH, OF, 1B, 3B
Career Avg: .292
Whitey Ford

Born Oct. 21, 1928    
Yankee Years: 1950-1967
Positions: P
Career ERA: 2.75
Don Mattingly

Born April 20, 1961    
Yankee Years: 1982-1995
Positions: 1B, DH, OF, 3B, 2B
Career Avg: .307
Elston Howard

Born Feb. 23, 1929     Died Dec. 14, 1980
Yankee Years: 1955-1967
Positions: C, OF, 1B
Career Avg: .274
Casey Stengel

Born July 30, 1890     Died Sept. 29, 1975
Yankee Years:
    Manager - 1949-1960
Yankees Win/Loss Record: 1149-696 (.623) Career Win/Loss Record: 1905-1842 (.508)
Reggie Jackson

Born May 18, 1946    
Yankee Years: 1977-1981
Positions: OF, DH
Career Avg: .262
Ron Guidry

Born Aug. 28, 1950    
Yankee Years: 1975-1988
Positions: P, OF
Career ERA: 3.29 Career Avg: .000 (0 official AB's)

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