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List of Major League Baseball retired numbers
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List of Major League Baseball retired numbers

In 1929, the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians began using uniform numbers so fans and scorekeepers could tell who was who on the field. By 1937, each league demanded that all teams participate in the use of uniform numbers.

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig became the first Major League Baseball player to have his number retired. Since then, over 120 other people have had their numbers retired.

On Opening Day 1997, each team retired the number of Jackie Robinson, #42.

Alphabetical list

Note: Some players who played before the advent of uniform numbers have received retirement honors. They are: Ty Cobb, Tigers; Pete Alexander, Phillies; Chuck Klein, Phillies; Christy Mathewson, Giants; John McGraw, Giants; Rogers Hornsby, Cardinals.

Listing by number