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This Date in Baseball the Day After Jackie Robinson Day

On April 16, 1929, the Yankees became the first team to permanently put numbers on the back of their uniforms. The initial numbers were determined by the batting order; this is why Babe Ruth was No. 3 three and Lou Gehrig was No. 4. The numbers didn't change if the batting order did. When Ruth got hurt in June and Gehrig temporarily moved up in the batting order he was still no.
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