Retired Uniform Numbers in the American League

Uniform numbers were used on a permanent basis by the Yankees and Indians in 1929, so that fans could tell who was who on the field. Those uniform numbers corresponded to the player's place in the lineup; those who batted leadoff wore number one, those who batted clean-up wore number four and so on.

This practice caught on and within a few years every team wore numbers. Shortly after it caught on, it began to change as numbers were retired by teams making the lineups impossible to complete thereby allowing players to wear other numbers not corresponding to the position in the lineup.

The following page is a comprehensive breakdown of every retired uniform number in the American League.

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Baltimore Orioles Retired Numbers

Baltimore Orioles

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In Alphabetical Order

Name
Retired Number
Position
Date
33
1B
06-07-1998
22
P
1985
8
SS
09-09-2001
5
3B
1977
20
OF
1972

Earl Weaver

4
M
1982
Name
Retired Number
Position
Date
Baltimore Orioles Retired Numbers

Boston Red Sox Retired Numbers

Boston Red Sox

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In Alphabetical Order

Name
Retired Number
Position
Date
4
SS
05-29-1984
1
2B
05-21-1988
27
C
09-04-2000
6
SS
09-28-2008
14
OF
07-28-2009
9
OF
05-29-1984
8
OF
08-06-1989

Name

Retired Number

Position

Date

Boston Red Sox Retired Numbers

Chicago White Sox Retired Numbers

Chicago White Sox

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
SS
08-14-1984
SS
06-07-1975
OF
08-20-1989
C
09-14-1997
2B
05-01-1976
1B
05-23-2015
P
07-25-1987
OF
05-08-1983
P
07-25-1987
1B
08-29-2010

Name

Retired Number

Position

Date

Chicago White Sox Retired Numbers

Cleveland Indians Retired Numbers

Cleveland Indians

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
OF
1975
SS
1970
OF
07-03-1994
P
1957
P
1990
P
06-20-1998
M
05-27-2017

Name

Retired Number

Position

Date

Cleveland Indians Retired Numbers

Detroit Tigers Retired Numbers

Detroit Tigers

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
M
06-26-2011
2B
06-12-1983
1B
06-12-1983
OF
07-15-2000
OF
08-17-1980
P
08-12-2018
P
07-27-1997
SS
08-26-2018

Name

Retired Number

Position

Date

Detroit Tigers Retired Numbers

Kansas City Royals Retired Numbers

Kansas City Royals

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
5
3B
05-14-1994
10
M
07-03-1987
20
2B
05-02-1995

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
Kansas City Royals Retired Numbers

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Retired Numbers

Anaheim Angels

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In Alphabetical Order

Name
Retired Number
Position
Date

Gene Autry

26
Owner
1982
29
2B-1B
08-06-1991
11
SS-M
1998
50
Coach
08-02-1995
30
P
06-16-1992

Name

Retired Number

Position

Date

Anaheim Angels Retired Numbers

Minnesota Twins Retired Numbers

Minnesota Twins

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
28
P
07-16-2011
29
2B-1B
07-19-1987
14
1B
08-13-1995
10
MGR
09-08-2012
3
3B-1B
05-04-1975
6
OF
07-14-1991
34
OF
05-25-1997

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
Minnesota Twins Retired Numbers

New York Yankees Retired Numbers

New York Yankees

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
C
07-22-1972
C
07-22-1972
OF
04-18-1952
P
08-03-1974
1B
07-04-1939
P
08-23-2003
C
07-22-1984
OF
08-14-1993
SS
05-14-2017
OF
06-08-1969
OF
07-22-1984
2B-M
08-10-1986
1B
08-31-1997
C
09-20-1980
P
08-23-2015
C
08-23-2015
P
09-22-2013
SS
08-04-1985
OF
06-13-1948
M
08-08-1970
M
08-23-2014
OF
05-24-2015

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
New York Yankees Retired Numbers

Oakland Athletics Retired Numbers

Oakland Athletics

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position

Date

43

P

08-13-2005

34

P

1993

Walter A. Haas, Jr.
--
Owner
1995

24

OF

08-01-2009

27

P

06-09-1991

9

OF

05-22-2004

Name

Retired Number

Position

Date

Oakland Athletics Retired Numbers

Seattle Mariners Retired Numbers

Seattle Mariners

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
DH / 3B
08-12-2017
OF
08-07-2016
Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
Seattle Mariners Retired Numbers

Tampa Bay Rays Retired Numbers

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
12
3B
04-07-2000
66
Executive
04-06-2015
Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
Tampa Bay Rays Retired Numbers

Texas Rangers Retired Numbers

Texas Rangers

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date

26

M

08-05-2005

34

P

09-15-1996

Name

Retired Number

Position

Date

Texas Rangers Retired Numbers

Toronto Blue Jays Retired Numbers

Toronto Blue Jays

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In Alphabetical Order

Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
2B
07-31-2011
RHP
03-29-2018
Name

Retired Number

Position
Date
Toronto Blue Jays Retired Numbers


Hank Aaron , Sparky Anderson , Rod Carew , Rollie Fingers , Carlton Fisk , Reggie Jackson , Greg Maddux , Frank Robinson , Nolan Ryan , and Casey Stengel have each had their number retired by more than one major league team.

Jackie Robinson was the first and only player whose uniform number — 42 — was retired by Major League Baseball (April 15, 1997) making it unwearable on every team present & in the future.

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