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YANKEES ALL-TIME HIT LEADERS

Rank Player Hits
1. Derek Jeter 3,000 and counting! 
2. Lou Gehrig 2,721
3. Babe Ruth 2,518
4. Mickey Mantle 2,415
5. Bernie Williams 2,336
6. Joe DiMaggio 2,214
7. Don Mattingly 2,153
8. Yogi Berra 2,148
9. Bill Dickey 1,969
10. Earle Combs 1,866

 

Retired Uniform Numbers

Beginning with Lou Gehrig’s number 4 in 1939, the Yankees have retired 16 uniform numbers to honor 16 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 right-handed.
Number retired in 1986.
Had as much "Yankee Pride" as any player or manager to wear pinstripes and he implanted his own fierce desire to win in his teams. Played an integral part in four World Series in the 50's as a player, and added another ring managing the Yankees in 1977. His .333 lifetime series batting average is fourth with at least 75 AB on the all-time series list. Combative and daring, Martin was a brilliant 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 left-handed.
Number retired in 1948.
Baseball’s greatest slugger and the most colorful figure in the game’s history. Debuted as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, winning 89 games over six seasons before being converted 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 left-handed.
Number retired in 1939.
Durable, power hitting 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. Amazingly, Lou Gehrig stole home 15 times in his Yankees career.  He was 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 right-handed.
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 base runner. 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 right-handed and batted left-handed.
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 right-handed and batted left-handed.
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 left-handed and threw right-handed.
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.
Died: August 13, 2007 in West Orange, New Jersey
Height: 5-6, Weight 150.
Threw and batted right-handed.
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 base runner 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 right-handed.
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 left-handed.
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 left-handed.
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 right-handed.
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 left-handed.
Number retired in 1993.
One of the game’s premier power hitters, “Mr. October” blasted 563 career round trippers, 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.

49   Ron Guidry
Born: August 28, 1950 in LaFayette, LA
Height: 5'11", Weight 162.
Threw and batted left-handed
Number retired in 2003.
“A dominating pitcher and a respected leader of the pitching staff for three American League pennants and two world championships. A true Yankee.”  The slender lefty with the biting slider spent his entire 14-year career with New York, winning 170 games from 1975-88 — which ranks fourth on the team’s career list. He helped the Yankees win World Series titles in 1977 and ’78.  A four-time All-Star, Guidry had one of the greatest seasons ever for a pitcher in 1978, when he went 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA, nine shutouts and 248 strikeouts en route to the AL Cy Young Award. He struck out a club-record 18 batters June 17 that year against the California Angels.

42   Mariano Rivera
(He was the first active Yankees player to have his number retired)

Born: November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama
Height: 6'2" Weight: 195 lbs.
Threw and batted right-handed
Number retired in 2013.
His final game was September 26, 2013.

""Mo" is considered the greatest closer in baseball history.  He spent his entire career in pinstripes from 1995-2013 and became the franchise leader in games pitched.  Thriving under pressure, he ammassed the most saves in postseason history.  A 13-Time All-Star, he retired as baseball's all-time saves leader."

 

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