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To date, the New York Yankees have retired more numbers than any other team and started the practice with Lou Gehrig's #4 in 1939.  Here's the complete list of retired numbers on the New York Yankees.  For a list of plaques and monuments in Monument Park, click here.

# Player Date/Year Retired
1 Billy Martin August 10th, 1986
3 Babe Ruth June 13th, 1948
4 Lou Gehrig July 4th, 1939**
5 Joe DiMaggio April 18th, 1952
7 Mickey Mantle June 8th, 1969
8 Yogi Berra July 22nd, 1972
8 Bill Dickey July 22nd, 1972
9 Roger Maris July 22nd, 1984*
10 Phil Rizzuto August 4th, 1985
15 Thurman Munson September 20th, 1980
16 Whitey Ford August 3rd, 1974
23 Don Mattingly August 31st, 1997
32 Elston Howard July 22nd, 1984*
37 Casey Stengel August 8th, 1970
42 Mariano Rivera September 22, 2013
44 Reggie Jackson August 14th, 1993
49 Ron Guidry August 23rd, 2003

Notes:

  • In 1997, MLB retired Jackie Robinson's number 42 meaning no other player in MLB could ever wear it.  However, it was grandfathered to anyone who was currently wearing the number.  Of course, Mariano Rivera was one of those already sporting #42 so when Mariano's number 42 was retired on September 22, 2013, the number hung alongside all the other retired numbers was changed to the Yankee pinstriped style with matching font.  To honor Robinson, a plaque was placed in Monument Park.
  • Mariano Rivera is the only Yankee to appear as an active player while wearing his retired number.
  • Six Yankees wore their previously retired numbers in a managerial/coaching role: Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Don Mattingly and Ron Guidry.
  • Mariano Rivera and Whitey Ford are the only two Yankees to have their numbers retired while still wearing them in an active role on the team (Mariano was still playing and Whitey was a coach in 1974 when the number was retired.) (Thanks Michael R. from Irvine, CA)
  • Of all the numbers that have been retired, only Bill Dickey would later go on to wear a different uniform, #33, as a coach (Thanks again to Michael R.)

*Michael R. from Irvine, CA notes that #9 and #32 were planned for retirement on Saturday, July 21, 1984 (Old-Timer's Day), but rain resulted in a cancellation and the ceremonies were moved to the next day.

**Michael R. from Irvine, CA notes that the 2013 Yankees Media guide states that while Gehrig's number retirement was announced to the public on that famous July 4, 1939 afternoon, the number wasn't "officially" retired until January 6, 1940.  For the purposes of this website, I'll choose to go with the more widely accepted July 4, 1939 as the retirement date, but in the interest of completeness, I felt the unusual January 6th "announcement" deserved mention.

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