Three-Digit Yankee Uniform Numbers In Our Lifetime!

It was recently announced that the Yankees would be retiring 3 more uniform numbers for Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte… and it’s just a matter of time before they retire Jeter’s number.

But to be honest, the Yankees aren’t trying hard enough. If they really want to honor their glorious past, they need to retire more numbers!

I have some suggestions for numbers the Yankees could be retiring, if they’d only take this whole thing seriously.

Ron Blomberg was the first-ever Designated Hitter, the first pick in the 1967 draft, lead the team in batting average in 1973 and was the greatest-ever Jewish Yankee…. Let’s retire his #12.
1976 Hostess Ron Blomberg

Rickey Henderson has the top three slots in the single-season Yankee stolen base chart, and all-time he’s second only to His Jeterness.  Retire his #24!
1988 Topps All-Star Glossy Rickey Henderson

Catfish Hunter is a Hall Of Famer who won 20 games in 1975 and finished second in Cy Young voting.  Retire his #29!
1976 Hostess Jim Hunter

Mel Stottlemyre was a career Yankee who was a five-time all-star, won 20 games three times, started three games in the 1964 World Series, is 7th on the all-time win list, 7th in K’s and tied for 2nd in Shutouts.  He was the Yankees pitching coach for a decade and got 5 World Series rings that way. Retire his #30!
1973 Topps Mel Stottlemyre

Allie Reynolds threw two no-hitters, was the 1952 ERA leader, was a 5-time All-Star and won six world Series. Retire his #22!
Pacific Baseball Legends Allie Reynolds

Spud Chandler won 20 games, was the 1943 AL MVP and has the lowest ERA of any Yankee righty… Retire his #21!

1940 Play Ball Spud Chandler from web

1940 Play Ball from the web (I don’t own this one)

Don Larsen threw a perfect game in the 1956 World Series and was the World Series MVP. Retire his #18!
Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Don Larsen

Johnny Mize is a Hall Of Famer who hit three homers in the 1952 World Series and won five World Series with the Yankees! Retire his #36!
1970 Fleer World Series 49 Yankees Dodgers

During the period from 1956 to 1962, Bill “Moose” Skowron was named to 5 All-Star teams and earned five World Series rings.  He hit a grand slam in game 7 of the 1956 World Series and a three-run homer in game 7 of the 1958 World Series, and hit 165 homers in 9 seasons as a Yankee.  Retire his #14!
Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Bill Skowron

Vic Raschi lead the AL in strikeouts in in 1951, was with six World Championship teams, a four-time all-star, won 21 games in three straight seasons and had a 120-50 record in his 8 years with the Yankees.  Retire his #17!
Pacific Baseball Legends Vic Raschi

Willie Randolph was the starting 2nd baseman for 13 straight seasons, was on the Topps Rookie All-Star team in 1976, the same year he played in the World Series against the Reds.  He represented the Yankees in five all-star games, and indirectly  made the Mets look bad when he was fired as their manager while flying out to the West Coast before a road trip.  Retire his #30!

1988 Score Willie Randolph

Dave Winfield is a Hall Of Famer who played 9 years in pinstripes (more games than with any other team), was an All-Star each of those 9 years, won five Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers. Retire his #31!
1986 Topps Dave Winfield

Fritz Peterson has the lowest all-time ERA at Yankee Stadium and the lowest WHIP of any Post-WWII Yankee starting pitcher. Retire his #19!
1968 Topps Fritz Peterson

Dave Righetti is clearly the second-greatest closer in Yankee history, the 1981 Rookie of the Year and he no-hit the Red Sox.  Hell, for most Yankee fans just the “No-hit Boston” part is enough.  If you’re not going to retire #19 for Fritz Peterson, retire it for Rags!
1988 Score Dave Righetti

Bob Turley was the 1958 Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP. He won four World Series! If you’re not going to retire #19 for Peterson or Righetti, retire it for Turley!
Pacific Baseball Legends Bob Turley

How is it that Lefty Gomez’ number is not retired?  He’s more accomplished than many who already have had the honor.  He’s a Hall Of Famer, has the most wins of any Yankee left-handed pitcher, a four-time 20 game winner, pitched in five World Series while going 6-0, twice won the “Pitching Triple Crown” by leading the league in ERA, K’s and wins, has a .652 winning percentage while wearing pinstripes, started five All-Star games, and his Yankee career stats have him as 4th in wins, 4th in shutouts and 5th in strikeouts.  Rip that #11 away from Brett Gardner and retire it!

1941 Play Ball Lefty Gomez from web

1941 Play Ball from the web (I don’t own this one)

We can go on from here… Paul O’Neill (#21) was a four-time All-Star, a fan favorite and won four World Series!  David Cone (#36) threw a perfect game had two seasons where he had more than 200 K’s! Lou Piniella (#14) was a key member of the 1970’s Yankees, a fan favorite and managed the Yankees twice! Joe Pepitone (#25) was a three-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove and once hit two homers in the same inning!

If the Yankees follow my advice, they can retire an additional 14 numbers, bringing the total (with Jeter) to 34.  It would leave just 4 available numbers below 33.

Come on, Yankees! Go big or go home!

Three-digit uniform numbers in our lifetime!

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5 thoughts on “Three-Digit Yankee Uniform Numbers In Our Lifetime!

  1. They ought to retire Allie Reynolds’ number based merely on the fact that he was my Dad’s favorite pitcher.

    You actually make a pretty compelling case for some of those. I’d have thought they would have already put the Catfish and Winfield numbers into mothballs.

  2. I actually agree that Lefty Gomez’s #11 should be retired. I think they should put another #15 out there for Red Ruffing, too. But I doubt there are enough Yankee fans who know pre-Jeter era players other than Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio & Mantle to guarantee them a sellout, so they probably won’t bother.

    I know there was bad blood between Dave Winfield and George Steinbrenner, so I always assumed that was why his number never got retired. I don’t know if that ever got worked out.

    I’m surprised Paul O’Neill’s number isn’t retired… but there’s always next year.

    • I started researching Ruffing and some other guys until I realized that their numbers were already retired – but for other guys. Since those legends wouldn’t help us add more retired numbers, I didn’t go any further.

      I don’t think a Steinbrenner will ever retire Winfield’s number.

      From what I understand, fans raised such a stink about O’Neill’s number being reused that they haven’t used it since. Maybe they’ll eventually sneak it back into circulation…

  3. Hey Joe. Have you ever seen the Futurama episode when Leela pitches for the New New York Mets? They do a little joke about retired numbers that you would appreciate. I won’t give it away in case you’ve never seen it. The episode is called “A Leela Of Her Own”. In the ep the Mets are owned by Abner Doubledealer. lol

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