Yankees retired numbers
The Yankees have honored 18 former players and managers by retiring their uniform numbers. Here is a look at the men who have left their mark on the franchise.
1 | BILLY MARTIN | Number retired: Aug. 10, 1986
Yankee Stats: .262 AVG, 449 H, 30 HR, 188 RBI
Career Stats: .257 AVG, 877 H, 54 HR, 133 RBI
Yankee managerial record: 556-385, .591%
Overall managerial record: 1,253-1,013, .553%
Many remember Billy Martin as the fiery manager of the Yankees who led them to two American League pennants and one World Series title. His constant battles with George Steinbrenner and Reggie Jackson are legendary. Martin was the right guy at the right time to lead the "Bronx Zoo."
As a player, Martin spent his first seven seasons with the Yankees and was an All-Star in 1956. He was known as a gamer and hard-nosed player at second base during many championship teams.
3 | BABE RUTH | Number retired: June 13, 1948
Yankee Stats: .349 AVG, 2,518 H, 659 HR, 1,971 RBI
Career Stats: .342 AVG, 2,873 H, 714 HR, 2,213 RBI
Babe Ruth is synonymous with baseball. Ruth was hitting more home runs than most teams in the American League. "The Sultan of Swat" leads the Yankee franchise in home runs, runs and total bases. He led the AL in home runs an unprecedented 12 times. His list of accolades go on and on and that's why many still consider Ruth the greatest of all-time.
4 | LOU GEHRIG | Number retired: July 4, 1939
Yankee/Career stats: .340 AVG, 2,271 H, 493 HR, 1,995 RBI
"The Iron Horse" played 17 seasons with the Yankees before ALS took his life. The disease that now bares his name forced the modest Gehrig to make one of the most famous speeches in sports history. Gehrig's ability will never be forgotten as he appeared in 2,130 consecutive games from 1925-1939, a record that stood until Cal Ripken Jr. broke it in 1996. His 2,721 hits was a team record until Derek Jeter broke it in 2009. Gehrig's 1,995 RBIs remains the franchise record. He knocked in 150 or more runs in seven seasons. His 23 career grand slams is still an MLB record.
5 | JOE DIMAGGIO | Number retired: April 18, 1952
Yankee/Career stats: .325 AVG, 2,214 H, 361 HR, 1,537 RBI
During DiMaggio's era, he was considered the best all-around baseball player. His biggest career feat came in 1956 when he had a hit in 56 straight games, a record that stands till this day. Pete Rose is the only player to come close when he it in 44 straight games. DiMaggio's career numbers were hurt by three years of service during World War II. He was named to the All-Star team every year of his career and won three MVP awards. His numbers rank in the top 10 of every offensive category in franchise history.
7 | MICKEY MANTLE | Number retired: June 8, 1969
Yankee/Career stats: .298 AVG, 2,415 H, 536 HR, 1,509 RBI
When baseball historians look back at Mantle's career, they all say the same thing: If only he took better care of himself. His lifestyle off the field hurt his 18 seasons in the Bronx, yet he still put up Hall of Fame numbers. His 536 home runs are second in franchise history to Ruth's 659. The 16-time All-Star played in 2,401 games, the most in team history. He will forever be remembered for the 1961 season when he and Roger Maris chased Ruth's single-season home run record.
8 | BILL DICKEY | Number retired: July 22nd, 1972
Bill Dickey played his entire career with the Yankees and was a huge part in winning seven World Series titles. The catcher was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954. Dickey was named to the All-Star team 11 of his 17 seasons and usually found his name in the top ten for MVP.
8 | YOGI BERRA | Number retired: July 22nd, 1973
Yankee/Career Stats: .285 AVG, 2,148 H, 358 HR, 1,430 RBI
No one is more of a winner than Yogi Berra who has 10 World Series wins under his belt, a record that may never be broken. Berra is one of the few men who played with both DiMaggio and Mantle in the most successful era of the Yankee franchise. Berra appeared in 15 straight All-Star games and collected three MVP awards along the way.
9 | ROGER MARIS | Number retired: July 21, 1984
Yankee Stats: .265 AVG, 797 H, 203 HR, 548 RBI
Career Stats: .260 AVG, 1,325 H, 275 HR, 851 RBI
Roger Maris' time with the Yankees was rough on him and his family. He was not the fans choice to break Ruth's home run record in 1961. Yet many people forget how talented Maris was with the Yankees. He won back-to-back MVP awards in 1960 and 1961 and led the Yankees to World Series appearances both seasons. He was a four-time All-Star who despite his accomplishments is still not a member of the Hall of Fame.
10 | PHIL RIZZUTO | Number retired: Aug. 4, 1985
Yankee/Career Stats: .273 AVG, 1,588 H, 38 HR, 563 RBI
Phil Rizzuto is another life-long Yankee who wore the pinstripes proudly during his 13 years in the Bronx. His name always comes up when talking about the greatest Yankees of all-time. Even though he missed three seasons to fight in World War II, he still managed to carve out a nice career with five All-Star appearances and the 1950 MVP award.
15 | THURMAN MUNSON | Number retired: August 3rd, 1979
Yankees Stats: .292 AVG, 1,558 H, 113 HR, 701 RBI
"The Captain" is still one of the most revered members of Yankee history. Thurman Munson's career and life were cut short due to a plane crash during the 1979 season. Munson guided the Yankees during the "Bronx Zoo" days to back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978. He was the 1976 AL MVP, hitting .302 with 17 homers and 105 RBIs. His empty locker remains in the new Yankee Stadium to remind the generations to come of his leadership and accomplishments.
16 | WHITEY FORD | Number retired: Aug. 3, 1974
Yankee/Career Stats: 498 Games, W-L: 236-106, 2.75 ERA, 1,956 K
"The Chairman of the Board" played his entire 16-year career with the Yankees from 1950-1967. He leads the Yankees in wins (236), strikeouts (1,956), and innings pitched (3,170.1). His career winning percentage stands at .690 and his ERA was never higher than 3.24 in any season. In 1961, he had one of the best seasons a pitcher has ever had in the modern era. He was 25-4 with a 3.21 ERA as the Yankees won the World Series. Ford continues to be the measuring stick for all pitchers in pinstripes.
23 | DON MATTINGLY | Number retired: Aug. 31, 1997
Yankee/Career Stats: .307 AVG, 2,153 H, 222 HR, 1,099 RBI
No man has a nickname as good as "Donnie Baseball." Mattingly is still one of the most beloved Yankees of all time, and with good reason. Mattingly played the game like no other, he was a quiet leader who led by example. His bat did all the talking for him. But he was also one slick fielding first basemen. He was a six-time All-Star, a nine-time Gold Glove winner and the 1985 MVP. He also captured the batting title in 1984 with a .343 average. However, Mattingly's peak was met with some of the darkest days of the Yankee franchise. Mattingly only reached the playoffs in his final season, 1995.
32 | ELSTON HOWARD | Number retired: July 21, 1984
Yankee Stats: .279 AVG, 1,405 H, 161 HR, 733 RBI
Career Stats: .274 AVG, 1,471 H, 167 HR, 762 RBI
Elston Howard was the man who took over at catcher when Berra moved to the outfield later in his career. It was a move that would pay off for the Yankees as Howard went on to be a big-time player. Howard helped lead the Yankees to four championships and was the MVP of the 1963 season (.287, 28 HR, 85 RBI). He won two Gold Glove awards and was selected to nine All-Star teams. His lifetime .427 slugging percentage ranks 4th among catchers. Howard was also the first black player for the Yankees.
37 | CASEY STENGEL | Number retired: Aug. 8, 1970
Yankee managerial record: 1,148-696, .623%
Overall managerial record: 1,905-1,842, .508%
Stengel's 12 years as manager of the Yankees were some of the most successful years in all of baseball for any team. The Yankees won five titles from 1949-1953 and won a total of seven championships under Stengel in 10 trips to the World Series. Over his 25-year career, he managed the Yankees, Mets, Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers.
42 | MARIANO RIVERA | Number retired: Sept. 22, 2013
Yankee Stats: .281 AVG, 661 H, 144 HR, 461 RBI
Career Stats: 82-60, 2.21 ERA, 652 saves
When Jackie Robinson's No. 42 was retired around the sport, current players wearing the number were allowed to continue, thus the Yankees didn't retire No. 42 until Mariano Rivera decided to call it quits. Rivera was a crucial part of five Yankees World Series titles and holds the all-time saves and games finished records. A 13-time All-Star, he also received top-10 AL MVP consideration six times. In 96 postseason games, he was 8-1 with a 0.70 ERA and -- of course -- 42 saves.
42 | JACKIE ROBINSON | Number retired: 1997
Career Stats: .311 AVG, 1,518 H, 137 HR, 734 RBI
Robinson paved the way for non-white players in baseball, breaking the color barrier in 1947 by becoming the first African American player in the majors. A Hall of Famer, Robinson's number was retired across baseball in 1997, though players who will wore No. 42 were allowed to continue. Since that included Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the number was never displayed at Yankee Stadium until Rivera's retirement following the 2013 season.
44 | REGGIE JACKSON | Number retired: Aug. 14, 1993
Yankee Stats: .281 AVG, 661 H, 144 HR, 461 RBI
Career Stats: .262 AVG, 2,584 H, 563 HR, 1,702 RBI
What can be said about Reggie Jackson that he has not already said himself? Jackson did a lot of talking during his career, but he was always able to back it up. Jackson was a very good player before he came to the Yankees in 1977, but he become a great player after his five seasons with the Yankees. The Yankees signed Jackson after being swept in the World Series by the Reds. Jackson came in and won back-to-back titles in his first two seasons. They don't call him Mr. October for nothing.
49 | RON GUIDRY | Number retired: Aug. 23, 2003
Yankee/Career Stats: 368 Games, W-L: 170-91, 3.29 ERA, 1,778 K
"Louisiana Lightning" was the ace on the mound during the "Bronx Zoo" era. When people talk about Guidry, they talk about 1978: 25-3, with a 1.74 ERA and a WHIP below 1. He won the Cy Young that year and finished second behind Jim Rice of the Red Sox for the MVP award. Guidry won 20 or more three times in his career and was one of the better fielding pitchers of his time winning five Gold Gloves.