RETIRED UNIFORM NUMBERS IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE

Every Uniform Number Retired by Every American League Team

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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Retired Numbers in the American League

Retired Numbers With American League Teams

Every Number Retired by Every A.L. Team | N.L. Numbers

Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
2B
04-15-1997

Baltimore Orioles Retired Numbers

Baltimore Orioles Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

1B
06-07-1998
P
1985
SS
09-09-2001
3B
1977
OF
1972
Earl Weaver
M
1982

Boston Red Sox Retired Numbers

Boston Red Sox Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

1B
05-26-2016
SS
05-29-1984
2B
05-21-1988
C
09-04-2000
P
07-28-2015
DH
06-24-2017
SS
09-28-2008
OF
07-28-2009
OF
05-29-1984
OF
08-06-1989

Chicago White Sox Retired Numbers

Chicago White Sox Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

SS
08-14-1984
SS
06-07-1975
OF
08-20-1989
P
06-24-2017
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

Cleveland Indians Retired Numbers

Cleveland Indians Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

OF
1975
SS
1970
OF
07-03-1994
P
1957
P
1990
P
06-20-1998
M
05-27-2017
3B-1B
08-18-2018

Detroit Tigers Retired Numbers

Detroit Tigers Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

M
06-26-2011
--
OF
2000
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

Houston Astros Retired Numbers

Houston Astros

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In Alphabetical Order

1B
08-26-2007
2B
08-17-2008
OF
10-03-1992
P
05-19-2002
P
09-29-1996
P
10-03-1992
P
04-12-1965
P
04-13-1975
OF
06-25-2005

Kansas City Royals Retired Numbers

Kansas City Royals Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

3B
05-14-1994
M
07-03-1987
2B
05-02-1995

Los Angeles Angels Retired Numbers

Los Angeles Angels Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

Gene Autry
Owner
1982
2B-1B
08-06-1991
SS-M
1998
Coach
08-02-1995
P
06-16-1992

Minnesota Twins Retired Numbers

Minnesota Twins Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

P
07-16-2011
2B-1B
07-19-1987
1B
08-13-1995
MGR
09-08-2012
3B-1B
05-04-1975
CA-1B
06-15-2019
OF
07-14-1991
OF
05-25-1997

New York Yankees Retired Numbers

New York Yankees Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

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

Oakland Athletics Retired Numbers

Oakland Athletics Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

P
08-13-2005
P
1993
Walter A. Haas, Jr.
--
Owner
1995
OF
08-01-2009
P
06-09-1991
OF
05-22-2004

Seattle Mariners Retired Numbers

Seattle Mariners Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

OF
08-07-2016
DH / 3B
08-12-2017

Tampa Bay Rays Retired Numbers

Tampa Bay Rays Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

3B
04-07-2000
Executive
04-06-2015

Texas Rangers Retired Numbers

Texas Rangers Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

M
08-05-2005
3B
06-08-2019
C
08-12-2017
P
09-15-1996
IF
08-31-2019

Toronto Blue Jays Retired Numbers

Toronto Blue Jays Retired Numbers

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In Alphabetical Order

2B
07-31-2011
RHP
03-29-2018
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Hank Aaron , Sparky Anderson , Wade Boggs , 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 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.

Did you know that the New York Yankees have retired twenty-two numbers — which is more than any other Major League Baseball team from either league?

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