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.
At the end of the 2009 season, Derek Jeter had a lifetime batting average of.317. The only players in New York Yankees' history who did better were Babe Ruth (.349), Lou Gehrig (.340), Earle Combs (.325) and Joe DiMaggio (.325). In ... Read Post
Players around major-league baseball wore uniforms with the No. 42, a number that has been retired from use by all teams since the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on April 15, 19... Read Post