Retired Numbers: #1

I started putting together this virtual set of “fun cards” near the end of the 2011 baseball season. I intended to begin posting them in November after the postseason wrapped up, but got busy with other projects and real life. Since I have the ’11 date on the front of the cards, I decided I should go ahead and start posting them now!

Featuring all the retired uniform numbers in baseball, this set includes Hall of Famers, managers, some lesser-known players, and even a handful of broadcasters. I used the team pages on as the main source of what numbers are retired, although they are missing a couple. There are also some discrepencies between B-R and Wikipedia as to which pre-number players are honored by teams. In these cases, I simply went with B-R’s information.

Billy Meyer, Pittsburgh Pirates

We’ll start with #1, retired by seven MLB teams, honoring four Hall of Fame players and three managers. The most curious selection among these is manager Billy Meyer, whose .412 record is nothing to brag about, nor is the 42-112 record in 1957, worst in Pirates history. Regardless of his short and unsuccessful managerial career, the team chose to retire his uniform number in 1954.

Billy Martin, New York Yankees

Bobby Doerr, Boston Red Sox

Fred Hutchinson, Cincinnati Reds

Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals

Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers

Richie Ashburn, Philadelphia Phillies

About JT

Preacher. Author. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on December 8, 2011, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. cool stuff

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