Baseball Uniform Numbers

Click a single link and see every player who ever wore every number on every team in Major League history!

Uniform numbers are worn on the uniform of each baseball player and baseball coach. The uniform numbers are used for the purpose of easily identifying each person on the field as no two people from the same team can wear the same number.

Note: On every single player's page ALL their uniform numbers worn appear there. Those uniform numbers can also be clicked to view the franchise uniform history.

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"I wear 37, but prefer 337. If you turn that upside down, it spells LEE. The I could stand upside down and people would know me right away." - Bill Lee ( The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball , Jonathan Fraser Light, Page 980)

Baseball Uniform Numbers

A Team by Team Baseball Uniform Number History

Baltimore Orioles Uniform Numbers
1954 - Today
St. Louis Browns Uniform Numbers
1931 - 1953
Atlanta Braves Uniform Numbers
1966 - Today
Milwaukee Braves Uniform Numbers
1953 - 1965
Boston Braves Uniform Numbers
1941 - 1952
Boston Bees Uniform Numbers
1936 - 1940
Boston Braves Uniform Numbers
1932 - 1935
Cincinnati Reds Uniform Numbers
1959 - Today
Cincinnati Redlegs Uniform Numbers
1953 - 1958
Cincinnati Reds Uniform Numbers
1932 - 1952
Houston Astros Uniform Numbers
2013 - Today
Houston Astros Uniform Numbers (NL)
1965 - 2012
Houston Colt .45s Uniform Numbers
1962 - 1964
Los Angeles Dodgers Uniform Numbers
1958 - Today
Brooklyn Dodgers Uniform Numbers
1932 - 1957
Miami Marlins Uniform Numbers
2012 - Today
Florida Marlins Uniform Numbers
1993 - 2011
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Uniform Numbers
2005 - Today
Anaheim Angels Uniform Numbers
1997 - 2004
California Angels Uniform Numbers
1966 - 1996
Los Angeles Angels Uniform Numbers
1961 - 1965
Milwaukee Brewers Uniform Numbers
1998 - Today
Milwaukee Brewers Uniform Numbers (AL)
1970 - 1997
Seattle Pilots Uniform Numbers (AL)
1969 - 1969
Minnesota Twins Uniform Numbers
1961 - Today
Washington Senators Uniform Numbers
1931 - 1960
Oakland Athletics Uniform Numbers
1968 - Today
Kansas City Athletics Uniform Numbers
1955 - 1967
Philadelphia Athletics Uniform Numbers
1931 - 1954
Tampa Bay Rays Uniform Numbers
2008 - Today
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Uniform Numbers
1998 - 2007
Texas Rangers Uniform Numbers
1972 - present
Washington Senators Uniform Numbers
1961 - 1971
San Francisco Giants Uniform Numbers
1958 - present
New York Giants
1932 - 1957
Washington Nationals Uniform Numbers
2005 - present
Montreal Expos Uniform Numbers
1969 - 2004
Baseball Uniform Numbers
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On July 4, 1939, the New York Yankees retired uniform #4 for Lou Gehrig , the first retired number in Major League history. View our comprehensive lists for both American League Retired Numbers and National League Retired Numbers .

Did you know that on April 15, 1997, the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major League debut, Major League Baseball retired 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson , not for the Dodgers franchise, but for every franchise? Commissioner Bud Selig said that day, "In honor of Jackie , Major League Basbeall is taking the unprecedented step of retiring his uniform number in perpetuity. Number 42, from this day forward, will never again be issued by a Major League calub. Number 42 belongs to Jackie Robinson for the ages." Jackie Robinson Day was born and history started:

Major League Baseball did, however, permit those players, whose regular number was #42 on April 15, 1997, to continue wearing it until they retired. The Yankees' Mariano Rivera, who retired in 2013, was the last player permitted to regularly wear #42.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Jackie's Major League debut in 2007, all the Los Angeles Dodgers' uniformed personnel wore Jackie's number. Ken Griffey, Jr. asked for and received permission to wear Jackie's number from Commissioner Bud Selig and Jackie's wife, Rachel, for that day.

Each year, since April 15, 2009, all major league uniformed personnel (players, coaches, and managers) and umpires wear #42 on their uniforms for that day, which has come to be known as " Jackie Robinson Day ."

Countless stories about superstitions, gimmicks, unique stories, and anecdotes exist about uniform numbers including: Joe Beimel , #97, worn because his first child was born in 1997. David Wells , #3 in 2005, worn because his favorite player ( Babe Ruth ) wore it. J.T. Snow , #84, worn to honor his father Jack, a former NFL player. Bill Voiselle , #96, worn for his hometown of Ninety Six, South Carolina. Omar Olivares , #00, worn because it also represented his initials. Share more anecdotes about baseball uniform numbers on Baseball Fever (our forum for serious fans) today.

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