No Major League franchise boasts a richer and more storied history than the Yankees. Appropriately, the 21 numbers that have been removed from circulation to honor 22 of their finest players and managers stand as the most in Major League Baseball.
Lou Gehrig’s No. 4 was the first retired number in Major League history, shelved on Jan. 6, 1940, via an announcement from team president Ed Barrow. Some 77 years later, Derek Jeter’s No. 2 became the last of the Bombers’ single digits to disappear from use.
Displayed in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium, the retired numbers represent a “who’s who?” of sports history, belonging to the greatest of the great. Hall of Famers mingle with fan favorites across different eras, all of whom helped the Yankees’ brand become synonymous with success.