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The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote up the best MLB players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These are the best MLB players to have their numbers retired by the team where they made the biggest impact. Not every player in the MLB gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. The Yankees have the most retired jerseys, with 22 numbers never to be worn again by a Yankees player. Does that mean that Babe Ruth or another Yankee will make it to the top of the list? While all of these baseball players are great at the game, having your number retired does not automatically get you into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Players on this list that have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame are noted. The one MLB retired number that is effective league-wide is Jackie Robinson’s number 42. Every player, manager, and coach wears the number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15.

Look below to see all the numbers retired in the MLB and if your favorite player has had their number retired. Then vote up the players that you think played the game the best. This list does not have current players because they are still using their numbers and it does not have numbers that were retired for coaches, managers, or owners. This list is for players only and will determine the best MLB players to have had their number retired.

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1
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
New York Yankees

Number: 3

Years With Franchise: Boston Red Sox (1914–1919), New York Yankees (1920–1934), Boston Braves (1935)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

2
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
New York Yankees

Number: 4

Years With Franchise: New York Yankees (1923–1939)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

3
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
New York Yankees

Number: 5

Years With Franchise: New York Yankees (1936–1942, 1946–1951)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

4
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Boston Red Sox

Number: 9

Years With Franchise: Boston Red Sox (1939–1942, 1946–1960)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

5
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers

Number: 44

Years With Franchise: Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves (1954–1974), Milwaukee Brewers (1975–1976)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

6
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
San Francisco Giants

Number: 24

Years With Franchise: New York / San Francisco Giants (1951–1952, 1954–1972)
New York Mets (1972–1973)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

7
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
New York Yankees

Number: 7

Years With Franchise: New York Yankees (1951–1968)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

8
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Los Angeles Dodgers

Number: 42

Years With Franchise: Brooklyn Dodgers (1947–1956)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

9
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
California Angels

Number: 30, 34

Years With Franchise: New York Mets (1966, 1968–1971), California Angels (1972–1979), Houston Astros (1980–1988), Texas Rangers (1989–1993)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

10
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Pittsburgh Pirates

Number: 33

Years With Franchise: Louisville Colonels (1897–1899), Pittsburg / Pittsburgh Pirates (1900–1917)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

11
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Pittsburgh Pirates

Number: 21

Years With Franchise: Pittsburgh Pirates (1955–1972)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

12
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
New York Yankees

Number: 8

Years With Franchise: New York Yankees (1946–1963), New York Mets (1965)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

13
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Baltimore Orioles

Number: 8

Years With Franchise: Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

14
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Los Angeles Dodgers

Number: 32

Years With Franchise: Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers (1955–1966)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

15
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Chicago Cubs

Number: 14

Years With Franchise: Chicago Cubs (1953–1971)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

16
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
St. Louis

Number: 6

Years With Franchise: St. Louis Cardinals (1941–1944, 1946–1963)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

17
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians

Number: 20

Years With Franchise: Cincinnati Redlegs / Reds (1956–1965), Baltimore Orioles (1966–1971), Los Angeles Dodgers (1972), California Angels (1973–1974), Cleveland Indians (1974–1976)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

18
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Seattle Mariners

Number: 24

Years With Franchise: Seattle Mariners (1989–1999), Cincinnati Reds (2000–2008), Chicago White Sox (2008), Seattle Mariners (2009–2010)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

19
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
San Diego Padres

Number: 19

Years With Franchise: San Diego Padres (1982–2001)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

20
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Cincinnati Reds

Number: 5

Years With Franchise: Cincinnati Reds (1967–1983)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

21
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
New York Mets

Number: 41

Years With Franchise: New York Mets (1967–1977), Cincinnati Reds (1977–1982), New York Mets (1983), Chicago White Sox (1984–1986), Boston Red Sox (1986)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

22
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Boston Red Sox

Number: 8

Years With Franchise: Boston Red Sox (1961–1983)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

23
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
New York Yankees

Number: 2

Years With Franchise: New York Yankees (1995–2014)

24
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
St. Louis Cardinals

Number: 45

Years With Franchise: St. Louis Cardinals (1959–1975)

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

25
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired
Cincinnati Reds

Number: 14

Years With Franchise: Cincinnati Reds (1963–1978), Philadelphia Phillies (1979–1983), Montreal Expos (1984), Cincinnati Reds (1984–1986)