Retired Yankee Numbers
NUMBER 1: Billy Martin
Martin played an important role in four World Series in the fifties as aplayer and added another Championship ring as a manager in 1977. He is 4th. on the all-time World Series batting average list with a .333. He is a legend in Yankee history, and one of my favorite Yankees.
NUMBER 3: Babe Ruth
Babe's infamous number 3 was retired in 1948. He has been referred to as Baseball's greatest slugger. He was sold to the Yanks in 1920 and thus the "Curse of the Bambino" came into being. He won 12 home run titles, which included 60 home runs in 1927. Babe Ruth was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936.
NUMBER 4: Lou Gerig
Henry Louis Gerig's number was retired in 1939. He was best known for playing 2,130 consecutive games A streak that was broken by Cal Ripkin Jr. in 1995. His career was stortened by a termenal illness that bears his name. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.
NUMBER 5: Joe DiMaggio
This graceful, soft spoken centerfeilder's numbers 5 was retired in 19522. Joltin' Joe compiled a .325 lifetime batting average, winning 2 batting titles and 3 MVP Awards. His 56 game hitting streak in 1941 can be considered the top baseball feat of all timee. The Yankee Clipper was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955.
NUMBER 7: Mickey Mantle
The "Mick" led the Yanks to 12 World Series in 14 years. To this day he holds the record for most home run, RBI's, runs, walks and strikeouts in World Series play. In 1956 Mantle won the Triple Crown with 52 home runs, 130 RBI's and a .353 batting average. Mickey was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
NUMBER 8: Bill Dickey
Bill Dickey is regarded as one of the greatest catchers of all time. He caught at least 100 games in 13 consecutive seasons. He set an American record by not allowing a passed ball in 125 games behind the plate.
NUMBER 8: Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra
Yogi was the 3rd player ever to win the MVP award three times. He was selected to 15 consecutive All-Star Games. Yogi played on 14 pennant winning teams, and has collected an unheard of 10 World Series Championship rings. Yogi was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
NUMBER 9: Roger Maris
Roger is best known for breaking Babe Ruth's single season home run record of 60 when he hit 61 in 1961. Maris's record stood for 37 year until Mark McGwire broke it in 1998. He won 2 MVP awards in his career and is considered by many as one of the best right feilder in Yankee history.
NUMBER 10: Phil Rizzuto
The "Scooter" went to the Fall Classic 10 times in his 13 year career. He was an outstanding shortstop who earned the AL MVP in 1959. Scooter also served as Yankee broadcaster for 40 years, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.
NUMBER 15: Thurman Munson
Munson was a tremendous catcher who won the Gold Glove Award in 3 consecutive seasons. He hit the first Yankee home run in the new Yankee Stadium. Many Yankee fans hang their heads in sorrow on August 2nd. as they remember the tragic death of their beloved catcher who was taken from the game too early. Myself included as Thurman was and still is my favorite Yankee. We miss our Captain.
NUMBER 16: Edward "Whitey" Ford
The "Chairman of the Board" is the owner of a Cy Young Award, and the best winning percentage of any pitcher in the 20th Century. Hholds the record with his 10 World Series wins, 33 consecutive scoreless innings and 94 strikeouts. Whitey was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
NUMBER 23: Don Mattingly
Don had the priviledge of being selected Captain of his Yankee teams, only the 10 Captain in Yankee history."Donnie Baseball" was a 9 time Gold Glove winning 1st baseman. Donnie's number 23 was retired in 1997, is forever hanging in Yankee Stadiums Monument Park along with other Yankee greats.
NUMBER 32: Elston Howard
"Ellie" became the 1st African American player in Yankee history when he made the team in 1955. He is the owner of two Gold Gloves and an American League MVP Award.Elston's number was retired in 1984.
NUMBER 37: Casey Stengel
Casey was known as the "Old Professer" because of his 54 year baseball career. Casey led the Yanks TO 10 pennant and 7 World Seris titles in 12 years. Casey was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966 and his Yankee number was retired in 1970.
NUMBER 44: Reggie Jackson
"Mr October" is 6th on the all-time homerun list with 563. He is the owner of the 1973 AL MVP award, and has a career.490 slugging percentage. In the 6th game of the 1977 World Series Reggie hammered 3 home runs to help the Yanks beat the Dodgers in their first W.S. since 1962. Reggie was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993, the same year his number was retired by the Yankees.