The days of single digit numbers on Yankees jerseys will most assuredly come to an end with Derek Jeter this year.
The Yankees announced today that they will be retiring former manager Joe Torre’s number six on August 23, 2014.
Here are the single digit numbers retired by the Yankees:
- Billy Martin
- Derek Jeter*
- Babe Ruth
- Lou Gehrig
- Joe DiMaggio
- Joe Torre
- Mickey Mantle
- Yogi Berra/Bill Dickey
- Roger Maris
*Not yet retired, but come on, we know it’s coming!
Number ten is also taken by Phil Rizzuto; so Brett Gardner’s number eleven will be the lowest number allowed to be worn by a New York Yankee after 2014. That’s crazy!
Joe Torre managed the Yankees from 1996-2007. He skippered the club to a
1,173-767 (.605) record in the regular season and a 76-47 (.618) record in the Postseason. He is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
The Torre led Yankees competed in eight World Series, winning four of them, including three in a row from 1998-2000.
Torre is currently the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, and he will surely be on the short list of candidates to fill Bud Selig’s role as Commissioner of Baseball when Selig retires at the end of this year.
Torre’s honor will be a part of a group of ceremonies over the next two seasons that will also see Goose Gossage, Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams getting plaques in Yankee Stadium’s historic Monument Park.
If you’re interested in seeing who we think is the best player to wear each uniform number, be sure to check out our Baseball’s Best By The (Uniform) Numbers list.