Yankee Retired Numbers




                     Beginning with Lou Gehrig’s number 4 in 1939, 
                     the Yankees have retired 14 uniform
                     numbers to honor 15 players and managers. 

                     1   Billy Martin
                     Born: May 16, 1928 in Berkeley, CA.
                     Died: December 25, 1989 in Binghamton, NY.
                     Height: 5-11, Weight: 165.
                     Threw and batted righthanded.
                     Number retired in 1986.
                     Had as much "Yankee Pride" as any player 
                     manager to wear pinstripes and he
                     implanted his own fierce desire to win in teams. 
                     Played an intrigal part in four World
                     Series in the 50's as a player, and added 
                     ring managing the Yankees in 1977. His
                     .333 lifetime series batting average is with 
                     at least 75 AB on the all-time series list.
                     Combative and daring, Martin was a 
                     baseball strategist and a legend in Yankee history. 

                     3   Babe Ruth
                     Born: February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, MD.
                     Died: August 16, 1948 in New York, NY.
                     Height: 6-2, Weight: 215.
                     Threw and batted lefthanded.
                     Number retired in 1948.
                     Baseball’s greatest slugger and the most 
                     figure in the game’s history. Debuted as
                     a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, winning 89 
                     games over six seasons before being
                     coverted to the outfield because of his 
                     tremendous power. Was sold to the Yankees for
                     $120,000 in 1920 and his 54 home runs that year 
                     were more than any other American-League team. 
                     En- route to 714 career home runs, won 12 
                     home run titles, hitting 60 in 1927. 
                     Added 15 home runs in World Series 
                     competition as he led the Yankees to
                     seven Series appearances and four World titles. 
                     A member of the inaugural class of Hall
                     of Fame inductees in 1936. 

                     4   Lou Gehrig
                     Born: June 19, 1903 in New York, NY.
                     Died: June 2, 1941 in Riverdale, NY.
                     Height: 6-1, Weight: 212.
                     Threw and batted lefthanded.
                     Number retired in 1939.
                     Durable, powerhitting first baseman who played 
                     in an amazing 2,130 consecutive games
                     between 1925 and 1939. Drove in at least 100 
                     runs for 13 straight seasons (1926-38) and
                     established an American-League record with 
                     184 RBI in 1931. Compiled a .340 lifetime
                     batting average and belted 493 home runs in  
                     a career shortened by terminal illness. Was
                     honored at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 and 
                     made memorable "Today, I consider
                     myself the luckiest man on the face of 
                     the earth" speech. Life was immortalized in 
                     classic 1942 motion picture, The Pride of the Yankees,
                     starring Gary Cooper. Elected to the Hall of
                     Fame in 1939. 

                     5   Joe DiMaggio
                     Born: November 25, 1914 in Martinez, CA.
                     Died: March 8, 1999 in Hollywood, FL.
                     Height: 6-2, Weight: 193.
                     Threw and batted righthanded.
                     Number retired in 1952.
                     The "Yankee Clipper" is considered by many 
                     experts as the best all-around baseball
                     player in history. Was a sensational hitter 
                     for average and power, a splendid, graceful,
                     ball-hawking center fielder with a powerfully    
                     accurate arm and a daring and alert
                     baserunner. Compiled a .325 lifetime batting  
                     average from 1936 to 1951. The two-time
                     batting champion and three-time MVP powered the 
                     Yankees to the first of four consecutive
                     World Championships in his 1936 rookie season.
                     Many rate his 56-consecutive-game batting streak
                     in 1941 as the top baseball feat of all time. 
                     Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955. 

                     7   Mickey Mantle
                     Born: October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, OK.
                     Died: August 14, 1995 in Dallas, TX. 
                     Height: 6-0, Weight: 201.
                     Threw right and switch hit.
                     Number retired in 1969. "The Mick" was the most 
                     feared hitter on the most successful
                     team in history. In his best seasons, and there 
                     were many, Mantle was simply a devastating player. 
                     He could run like the wind and hit tape measure 
                     homers, like his famous 565-footer in Washington 
                     in 1953. He led the Yanks to 12 fall classics 
                     in 14 years, and seven World Championships. 
                     He still owns records for most homers, RBI, runs,
                     walks, and strikeouts in World Series play. 
                     In 1956, Mantle had one of the greatest
                     seasons ever at the plate. He hit 52 homers 
                     with 130 RBI and a .353 average to win the
                     Triple Crown. Mantle was elected to the 
                     Hall of Fame in 1974. 

                     8   Yogi Berra
                     Born: May 12, 1925 in St. Louis, MO.
                     Height 5-8, Weight: 191.
                     Threw righthanded and batted lefthanded.
                     Number retired in 1972.
                     A mainstay for the most dominating teams 
                     in history, the Yankee that played from the end
                     of World War II until the early 1960's. 
                     Although he never led the league in a single major
                     offensive category, he was just the third man to 
                     win three Most Valuable Player awards.
                     Selected to play in 15 successive All-Star Games.
                     Played on 14 pennant winners and 10 World Champions, 
                     more than anyone in history. Led Yankees to the 1964
                     pennant as manager. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. 

                     8   Bill Dickey
                     Born: June 6, 1907 in Bastrop, LA.
                     Died: November 12, 1993.
                     Height: 6-1, Weight: 185.
                     Threw righthanded and batted lefthanded.
                     Number retired in 1972.
                     Regarded as one of the greatest catchers of all-time. 
                     A durable and tireless worker, he
                     caught more than 100 games in 13 consecutive seasons 
                     (1929-41), an American-League record. He did not 
                     allow a single passed ball in 125 games behind 
                     the plate, another AL record. Dickey also excelled 
                     at the plate, batting over .300 in 10 of his first 
                     11 seasons while hitting 202 homers during his career.  
                     He handled Yankee pitching staffs on eight
                     World Series teams, winning seven championships. 

                     9   Roger Maris
                     Born: September 10, 1934 in Hibbing, MN.
                     Died: December 14, 1985 in Houston, TX.
                     Height: 6-0, Weight: 197.
                     Batted lefthanded and threw righthanded.
                     Number retired in 1984. 
                     In one of the most dramatic assaults on a 
                     baseball record, Maris caught, then surpassed
                     Babe Ruth's famous home run record of 60. 
                     In 1961,Maris hit 61 home runs, a
                     Major-League record which stood until 1998. 
                     The two-time American League MVP (1960-'61) 
                     is also considered as one of the best 
                     fielding right fielders in Yankee history. 

                     10   Phil Rizzuto
                     Born: September 25, 1917 in New York, NY.
                     Height: 5-6, Weight 150.
                     Threw and batted righthanded. 
                     Number retired in 1985.
                     Playing 13 years for the Yanks, "Scooter" went 
                     to the World Series in 10 of those seasons.
                     That stat may best explain why the diminutive 
                     shortstop is regarded as a true Yankee
                     legend. He was a durable, outstanding shortstop, 
                     skilled bunter and enthusiastic baserunner with 
                     a solid .273 lifetime batting average. In 1950 
                     Rizzuto earned the A.L. MVP Award, batting .324 \
                     with 200 hits, 92 bases on balls, and 125 runs scored. 
                     He batted .320 in the 1951 World Series and was named
                     Series’ MVP. Spent 40 years as a Yankee broadcaster 
                     (1957-96). Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994. 

                     15   Thurman Munson
                     Born: June 7, 1947 in Akron, OH.
                     Died: August 2, 1979 in Canton, OH.
                     Height: 5-11, Weight: 190.
                     Batted and threw righthanded.
                     Number retired in 1979.
                     Was the undisputed leader and most respected man 
                     on the Yankee teams that won three
                     AL pennants in a row (1976-78) and two World 
                     Championships. Munson was a tremendous defensive 
                     catcher, winning the Gold Glove Award in three 
                     consecutive seasons (1973-75). From 1975-77, 
                     Thurman drove in more than 100 runs and hit better
                     than .300 in each of those three seasons. He hit 
                     the first Yankee home run in the "new"
                     Yankee Stadium. There is no more tragic date in 
                     Yankee history than August 2, 1979. On
                     that date Munson passed away when the plane he 
                     was flying crashed while landing. 

                     16   Whitey Ford
                     Born: October 21, 1928 in New York, NY.
                     Height: 5-10, Weight: 181.
                     Threw and batted lefthanded.
                     Number retired in 1974.
                     "The Chairman of the Board" was the ace pitcher on 
                     the great Yankee teams of the 1950’s and early 60’s. 
                     The wily southpaw’s lifetime record of 236-106 gives 
                     him the best percentage (.690) of any 20th century
                     pitcher. He paced the American League in victories
                     three times, and in ERA and shutouts twice.
                     The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds
                     many World Series records, including 10 wins,
                     33 consecutive scoreless innings and 94
                     strikeouts. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. 

                     23   Don Mattingly
                     Born: April 20, 1961 in Evansville, IN.
                     Height: 6-0, Weight: 185.
                     Batted and threw lefthanded.
                     Number retired in 1997.
                     "Donnie Baseball" was only the 10th captain to 
                     be named by the Yankees in their storied
                     history. The premier first baseman of his era, 
                     Mattingly was a nine-time Gold Glove winner.
                     The 1985 American League MVP set records for most 
                     grand slams in a season (6), most home runs 
                     in seven consecutive games (9) and eight
                     consecutive games (10). A humble man of grace 
                     and dignity, Mattingly carried on the legacy of the
                     pinstripe tradition and dedicated his career to the 
                     pursuit of excellence. 

                     32   Elston Howard
                     Born: February 23, 1929 in St. Louis, MO.
                     Died: December 14, 1980 in New York, NY. 
                     Height: 6-2, Weight: 196.
                     Batted and threw righthanded.
                     Number retired in 1984. 
                     Became the first black player in Yankee history 
                     when he made the club in the spring of
                     1955. The versatile two-time Gold Glove catcher 
                     was an important member of the A.L.
                     pennant-winning Yankee teams in nine of his first 
                     ten seasons with the club. The 1963
                     American League MVP, Howard was a clubhouse leader 
                     who was respected as both a player and a man. 
                     Howard’s dignified manner off the field and 
                     competitive spirit on the field were 
                     positive influences on the Yankee team. 

                     37   Casey Stengel
                     Born: July 30, 1889 in Kansas City, MO.
                     Died: September 29, 1975 in Glendale, CA.
                     Number retired in 1970.
                     In a distinguished 54-year professional 
                     career,"The Old Professor" emerged as one of the
                     game’s greatest managers. His feat of guiding the 
                     Yankees to 10 pennants and seven world titles 
                     in a 12-year span ranks as the top 
                     managerial accomplishment of all time.
                     Simply put, Casey Stengel was one of the best 
                     things to ever happen to the game of
                     baseball. He was an authentic baseball ambassador, 
                     making the game fun for millions of
                     Americans. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1966. 

                     44   Reggie Jackson
                     Born: May 18, 1946 in Wyncote, PA.
                     Height: 5-10, Weight: 181.
                     Threw and batted lefthanded.
                     Number retired in 1993.
                     One of the game’s premier power hitters,
                     "Mr.October" blasted 563 career roundtrippers,
                     sixth all-time. In Game Six of the 1977 World 
                     Series, Jackson hit three home runs, all on
                     the first pitch, as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 
                     to wrap up the club’s first World Championship 
                     since 1962. Jackson was an exciting clutch player 
                     and an intimidating clean-up hitter with a 
                     .490 career slugging percentage. 
                     The 1973 American League MVP once said, 
                     "Some people call October a time of pressure. 
                     I call it a time of character."
                     Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993. 

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