Retired Uniform Numbers in the National 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 National League.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Retired Numbers

Arizona Diamondbacks

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In Alphabetical Order

20
LF
08-07-2010
51
LHP
08-08-2015
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
Arizona Diamondbacks Retired Numbers

Atlanta Braves Retired Numbers

(Includes Milwaukee Braves Retired Numbers)

Atlanta Braves

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In Alphabetical Order

44
OF
1977
6
M
08-12-2011
47
P
08-06-2010
10
3B
06-28-2013
31
P
07-17-2009
41
3B
1969
3
OF
1994
35
P
1984
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
29
P
06-08-2012
21
P
1965
Atlanta Braves Retired Numbers

Chicago Cubs Retired Numbers

Chicago Cubs

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In Alphabetical Order

14
SS
08-22-1982
31
P
05-03-2009
31
P
05-03-2009
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
23
2B
08-28-2005
10
3B
09-28-2003
26
OF
08-13-1987
Chicago Cubs Retired Numbers

Cincinnati Reds Retired Numbers

Cincinnati Reds

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In Alphabetical Order

10
M
05-28-2005
5
C
08-11-1984
13
SS
08-25-2007
5
C
1940
1
M
1965
18
OF
07-18-1998
11
SS
08-25-2012
8
2B
06-06-1998
24
1B
05-27-2000
20
OF
05-22-1998
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
14
IF
06-26-2016
Cincinnati Reds Retired Numbers
* Retired after suicide then reactivated in 1942.

Colorado Rockies Retired Numbers

Colorado Rockies

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In Alphabetical Order

1B
08-17-2014
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
Colorado Rockies Retired Numbers

Florida Marlins Retired Numbers

Florida Marlins

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In Alphabetical Order

Carl Barger
5
Executive
04-05-1993
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
Florida Marlins Retired Numbers

Houston Astros Retired Numbers

Houston Astros

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In Alphabetical Order

5
1B
08-26-2007
7
2B
08-17-2008
25
OF
10-03-1992
49
P
05-19-2002
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
34
P
09-29-1996
33
P
10-03-1992
32
P
04-12-1965
40
P
04-13-1975
24
OF
06-25-2005
Houston Astros Retired Numbers

Los Angeles Dodgers Retired Numbers
(Includes Brooklyn Dodgers Retired Numbers)

Los Angeles Dodgers

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In Alphabetical Order

24
M
06-05-1977
39
C
06-04-1972
53
P
07-01-1984
19
IF-Coach
10-10-1978
32
P
06-04-1972
2
M
08-15-1997
1
SS
07-01-1984
42
2B
06-04-1972
4
OF
07-06-1980
20
P
08-14-1998
Los Angeles Dodgers Retired Numbers

Milwaukee Brewers Retired Numbers

Milwaukee Brewers

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In Alphabetical Order

44
OF
10-03-1976
34
P
08-09-1994
4
3B-DH
06-11-1999
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
19
SS-OF
05-29-1994
Milwaukee Brewers Retired Numbers

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
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
2B
04-15-1997
P
06-24-1988
M
09-02-1965
New York Mets Retired Numbers

Philadelphia Phillies Retired Numbers

Philadelphia Phillies

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In Alphabetical Order

--
P
04-06-2001
1
OF
1979
14
P
04-06-2001
32
P
1989
--
OF
04-06-2001
36
P
1962
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
20
3B
1990
Philadelphia Phillies Retired Numbers

Pittsburgh Pirates Retired Numbers

Pittsburgh Pirates

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In Alphabetical Order

21
OF
1973
4
OF
1987
9
2B
1987
Billy Meyer
1
M
1954
40
M
1977
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
8
1B
1982
20
3B
1972
33
SS
1956
11
OF
07-21-2007
Pittsburgh Pirates Retired Numbers

St. Louis Cardinals Retired Numbers

St. Louis Cardinals

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In Alphabetical Order

14
3B
05-20-1984
20
OF
09-09-1979
August Busch, Jr.
85
Executive
04-13-1984
17
P
09-22-1974
45
P
1975
24
M
07-31-2010
10
M
05-11-2012
6
OF-1B
09-29-1963
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
2
2B-M
05-11-1996
9
OF
09-06-1996
42
P
09-17-2006
1
SS
1997
St. Louis Cardinals Retired Numbers

San Diego Padres Retired Numbers

San Diego Padres

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In Alphabetical Order

6
1B
1989
19
OF
08-13-2002
51
P
08-21-2011
35
P
1997
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
31
OF
04-14-2001
San Diego Padres Retired Numbers

San Francisco Giants Retired Numbers
(Includes New York Giants Retired Numbers)

San Francisco Giants

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In Alphabetical Order

30
1B
07-11-1999
11
P
1944
20
OF
06-26-2010
27
P
1975
-
P
1988
24
OF
1972
44
1B
1975
-
M
1988
4
OF
1949
36
P
07-24-2005
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
3
1B
1985
San Francisco Giants Retired Numbers

Washington Nationals Retired Numbers
(Includes Montreal Expos Retired Numbers)

Washington Nationals

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In Alphabetical Order

8
C
07-31-1993
10
OF
1997
30
OF
06-19-2004
Jackie Robinson (All MLB)
42
2B
04-15-1997
10
1B-OF
05-10-1993
Washington Nationals Retired Numbers
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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).

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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