Retired Numbers

Retired numbers started back in 1939 when the New York Yankees retired Lou Gehrig's number 4.

Check out the list of retired numbers by team at the bottom of this page.

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When a club retires a number, it can not be worn again unless that players returns as a player or coach.

The Yankees have retired 16 uniform numbers. More than any other team. In fact they have retired every single digit except number 2 and 6. Derek Jeter wears number 2 and Joe Torre wore number 6, two more possible future retired numbers.

The Yankees have also retired number 8 twice. For Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra.

The highest number ever retired is the White Sox Carlton Fisk's number 72. He wore number 27 for the Boston Red Sox which is also retired. When he joined the White Sox, Fisk reversed his number.

Seven players have had their number retired by two teams. Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Carlton Fisk, Rod Carew, Greg Maddux, Rollie Fingers and Hank Aaron. Casey Stengel also has his number etired by two clubs. The Mets and Yankees.

Nolan Ryan is the only player to have his number retired by three teams. His number 30 was retired by the Angels and 34 by the Astros and Rangers.

There are a few numbers that clubs have not officially retired, but have taken out of circulation. The Cincinnati Reds can not retire Pete Rose's number 14 because of his lifetime ban. But they do not allow any other Reds player to wear it. Although they did allow Pete Rose, Jr. to wear it.

After Darryl Kile died in 2002, the Rockies, Astros and Cardinals removed his number 57 from circulation.

Five teams have retired the same number twice. The Chicago Cubs have retired number 31 for Greg Maddux and Ferguson Jenkins.

The Reds retired number 5 for Willard Hershberger in 1940 after he committed suicide during the season. It was returned to service in 1942 and retired again in 1984 for Johnny Bench.

The Montreal Expos have retired number 10 for Rusty Staub and Andre Dawson.

The Yankees hung up number 8 for Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra.

The Cardinals retired number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson and also Bruce Sutter.

In 1997, Major League Baseball announced that number 42 would be retired from all of baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson. Players who were wearing number 42 could continue to wear it until they retired. Only the Yankees Mariano Rivera still wears it.

There is currently a movement to have Major League Baseball retire number 21 in honor of Roberto Clemente. The sentiment is that Roberto did as much to open the doors for Hispanic players as Jackie Robinson did for African Americans. Click here to visit www.retire21.org.

Here's a list of all the retired uniform numbers by Major League Club.

American League

Baltimore Orioles:

Earl Weaver #4

Brooks Robinson #5

Cal Ripken, Jr. #8

Frank Robinson #20

Jim Palmer #22

Eddie Murray #33

Boston Red Sox:

Bobby Doerr #1

Joe Cronin #4

Johnny Pesky #6

Carl Yastrzemski #8

Ted Williams #9

Jim Rice #14

Carlton Fisk #27

Chicago White Sox:

Nellie Fox #2

Harold Baines #3

Luke Appling #4

Minnie Minoso #9

Luis Aparicio #11

Ted Lyons #16

Billy Pierce #19

Cleveland Indians:

Earl Averill #3

Lou Boudreau #5

Larry Doby #14

Mel Harder #18

Bob Feller #19

Bob Lemon #21

Detroit Tigers:

Charlie Gehringer #2

Hank Greenberg #5

Al Kaline #6

Hal Newhouser #16

Willie Horton #23

Kansas City Royals:

George Brett #5

Dick Howser #10

Frank White #20

Los Angeles Angels

Jim Fregosi #11

Gene Autry #26

Rod Carew #29

Nolan Ryan #30

Jimmie Reese #50

Minnesota Twins:

Harmon Killebrew #3

Tony Oliva #6

Rod Carew #29

Kent Hrbek #14

Kirby Puckett #34

New York Yankees:

Billy Martin #1

Babe Ruth #3

Lou Gehrig #4

Joe DiMaggio #5

Mickey Mantle #7

Yogi Berra #8

Bill Dickey #8

Roger Maris #9

Phil Rizzuto #10

Thurman Munson #15

Whitey Ford #16

Don Mattingly #23

Elston Howard #32

Casey Stengel #37

Oakland A's:

Reggie Jackson #9

Catfish Hunter #27

Rollie Fingers #34

Seattle Mariners:

None

Tampa Bay Rays:

Wade Boggs #12

Texas Rangers:

Nolan Ryan #34

Toronto Blue Jays:

None



National League

Arizona Diamondbacks:

None

Atlanta/Milwaukee Braves:

Dale Murphy #3

Warren Spahn #21

Phil Niekro #35

Eddie Matthews #41

Hank Aaron #44

Chicago Cubs:

Ron Santo #10

Ernie Banks #14

Ryne Sandberg #23

Billy Williams #26

Greg Maddux #31

Ferguson Jenkins #31

Cincinnati Reds:

Fred Hutchinson #1

Johnny Bench #5

Joe Morgan #8

Sparky Anderson #10

David Concepcion #13

Ted Kluszewski #18

Frank Robinson #20

Tony Perez #24

Colorado Rockies:

None

Florida Marlins:

Carl Barger (Club President) #5

Houston Astros:

Jeff Bagwell #5

Craig Biggio #7

Jimmy Wynn #24

Jose Cruz #25

Jim Umbricht #32

Mike Scott #33

Nolan Ryan #34

Don Wilson #40

Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers:

Pee Wee Reese #1

Tommy Lasorda #2

Duke Snider #4

Jim Gilliam #19

Don Sutton #20

Walter Alston #24

Sandy Koufax #32

Roy Campanella #39

Jackie Robinson #42

Milwaukee Brewers:

Paul Molitor #4

Robin Yount #19

Rollie Fingers #34

Hank Aaron #44

New York Mets:

Tom Seaver #41

Gil Hodges #14

Casey Stengel #37

Philadelphia Phillies:

Richie Ashburn #1

Jim Bunning #14Jim Bunning #14

Mike Schmidt #20

Steve Carlton #32

Robin Roberts #36

Grover Cleveland Alexander, Played before numbers were used.

Chuck Klein, Played before numbers were used.

Pittsburgh Pirates:

Billy Meyer #1

Ralph Kiner #4

Willie Stargell #8

Bill Mazeroski #9

Paul Waner #11

Pie Traynor #20

Roberto Clemente #21

Honus Wagner #33

Danny Murtaugh #40

San Diego Padres:

Steve Garvey #6

Tony Gwynn #19

Randy Jones #35

Dave Winfield #31

New York/San Francisco Giants:

Christy Mathewson, Played before numbers were used.

John McGraw, Played before numbers were used.

Bill Terry #3

Mel Ott #4

Carl Hubbell #11

Willie Mays #24

Juan Marichal #27

Orlando Cepeda #30

Gaylord Perry #36

Willie McCovey #44Willie McCovey #44

St. Louis Cardinals:

Ozzie Smith #1

Red Schoendienst #2

Stan Musial #6

Enos Slaughter #9

Ken Boyer #14

Dizzy Dean #17

Lou Brock #20

Bruce Sutter #42

Bob Gibson #45

August Busch #85



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