RETIRED UNIFORM NUMBERS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE

Every Uniform Number Retired by Every National 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 National League.

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Retired Numbers in the National League

Retired Numbers With National League Teams

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

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

Arizona Diamondbacks Retired Numbers

Arizona Diamondbacks

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LF
08-07-2010
LHP
08-08-2015

Atlanta Braves Retired Numbers

(Includes Milwaukee Braves Retired Numbers)

Atlanta Braves

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OF
1977
M
08-12-2011
P
08-06-2010
3B
06-28-2013
P
07-17-2009
3B
1969
OF
1994
P
1984
P
06-08-2012
P
1965

Chicago Cubs Retired Numbers

Chicago Cubs

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SS
08-22-1982
2B
1964
P
05-03-2009
P
05-03-2009
2B
08-28-2005
3B
09-28-2003
OF
08-13-1987

Cincinnati Reds Retired Numbers

Cincinnati Reds

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M
05-28-2005
C
08-11-1984
SS
08-25-2007
C
1940
M
1965
OF
07-18-1998
SS
08-25-2012
2B
06-06-1998
1B
05-27-2000
OF
05-22-1998
IF
06-26-2016

Colorado Rockies Retired Numbers

Colorado Rockies

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1B
08-17-2014

Los Angeles Dodgers Retired Numbers

Los Angeles Dodgers

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M
06-05-1977
C
06-04-1972
P
07-01-1984
IF-Coach
10-10-1978
P
06-04-1972
M
08-15-1997
SS
07-01-1984
2B
06-04-1972
OF
07-06-1980
P
08-14-1998

Miami Marlins Retired Numbers

Miami Marlins Retired Numbers

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Carl Barger ***
Executive
04-05-1993

Milwaukee Brewers Retired Numbers

Milwaukee Brewers

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OF
10-03-1976
P
08-09-1994
3B-DH
06-11-1999
SS-OF
05-29-1994

New York Mets Retired Numbers

New York Mets Retied Numbers

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Retired New York Mets Names Appear in Alphabetical Order

1B-M
06-09-1973
P
2020
C
07-30-2016
P
06-24-1988
M
09-02-1965

Philadelphia Phillies Retired Numbers

Philadelphia Phillies

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--
P
04-06-2001
OF
1979
P
04-06-2001
P
1989
--
OF
04-06-2001
P
1962
3B
1990

Pittsburgh Pirates Retired Numbers

Pittsburgh Pirates

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OF
1973
OF
1987
2B
1987
Billy Meyer
M
1954
M
1977
1B
1982
3B
1972
SS
1956
OF
07-21-2007

St. Louis Cardinals Retired Numbers

St. Louis Cardinals

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3B
05-20-1984
OF
09-09-1979
August Busch, Jr.
Executive
04-13-1984
P
09-22-1974
P
09-03-1975
M
07-31-2010
M
05-11-2012
OF-1B
09-29-1963
2B-M
05-11-1996
OF
09-06-1996
P
09-17-2006
SS
1997

San Diego Padres Retired Numbers

San Diego Padres

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1B
1989
OF
08-13-2002
P
08-21-2011
P
1997
OF
04-14-2001

San Francisco Giants Retired Numbers

San Francisco Giants

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1B
07-11-1999
P
1944
OF
06-26-2010
P
1975
-
P
1988
OF
1972
1B
1975
-
M
1988
OF
1949
P
07-24-2005
1B
1985

Washington Nationals Retired Numbers

Washington Nationals

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C
07-31-1993
OF
1997
OF
06-19-2004
1B-OF
05-10-1993
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baseball almanac fast facts

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.

* The Chicago Cubs retired #16 for Ken Hubbs after he died in a plane crash, then reactived it in 1965.

** The Cincinnati Reds retired #5 for Willard Hershberger after his suicide , then reactivated it in 1942.

*** The Florida Marlins retired #5 for Carl Barger, the first team president, who died from an aneurysm during the 1992 Winter Meetings. On April 5, 1993 , the day the Marlins played their first-ever regular-season game, the team retired the number in his memory, as his favorite player was Joe DiMaggio (who wore #5 in his career). When the franchise was renamed the Miami Marlins in 2012, they reactived the number.

Jackie Robinson was the first and only player whose uniform number (42) was retired by Major League Baseball (April 15, 1997).

Did you know that the St. Louis Cardinals organization has retired more numbers than any other National League team in history?

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