The New York Yankees have a long and storied history, and some of the most iconic players to ever don the pinstripes have worn the number 6. From Lou Gehrig to Joe DiMaggio to Mickey Mantle, the Yankees have had some of the greatest players ever to don the number 6.
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Yankees great Joe DiMaggio wore #6 from his rookie season in 1936 until his final game in 1951. The Yankee Clipper was a 3-time MVP and 13-time All-Star. He was also part of the fabled “Murderers Row” Yankees teams of the late 1920s.
Yankees’ legendary center fielder
DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914, in Martinez, California. He was the eighth of nine children of Italian immigrants Giuseppe and Rosalia DiMaggio. He was named Paolo after his father’s favorite saint, Saint Paul. The family moved to nearby San Francisco when Joe was a year old. Giuseppe worked as a fisherman to support the family, as did all of his sons for the next two decades.
Wore #5 until Lou Gehrig’s death in 1941
Joe DiMaggio wore number 5 from his debut in 1936 until Lou Gehrig’s death in 1941. He then took over Gehrig’s number 4, which he wore for the rest of his career.
Mickey Mantle was a professional baseball outfielder who played for the New York Yankees for 18 seasons. He was born in 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, and was signed by the Yankees in 1949. Mantle won the Triple Crown in 1956 and was a seven-time World Series champion. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
Wore #6 from 1951-1968
Mantle was originally given #7 in 1951, but switched to #6 the following year when Billy Martin took over as his roommate. The carryover from the DiMaggio era fit well with Mantle’s slugging prowess and three MVP seasons. He would finish his career with 536 homers, good for fourth on the all-time list when he retired in 1968.
Hit 536 home runs while wearing #6
Mickey Mantle was one of the most prolific home run hitters in Major League Baseball history. During his 18-year career with the New York Yankees, he hit 536 home runs while wearing the iconic number 6 on his jersey. Mantle is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, and his legacy continues to live on through his many fans.
Bernie Williams was the last player to wear #6 for the New York Yankees. He was a center fielder for the team from 1991-2006. Williams was a 4-time Gold Glove winner and a 4-time World Series champion. He was also a 2-time All-Star.
Wore #51 from 1991-2006
Bernie Williams was born on September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up idolizing Roberto Clemente and wanted to wear his number (21) when he reached the Major Leagues. Williams began his professional career in 1985 when he signed with the New York Yankees. Because his favorite player’s number was retired, he chose to wear 51 instead.
Williams made his debut with the Yankees in 1991, and became a regular starter in 1992. He quickly became one of the best outfielders in baseball, winning four Gold Glove Awards and being named to five All-Star teams. Williams had his best season in 1998, when he hit .339 with 26 home runs and 104 RBIs. He also helped lead the Yankees to their 24th World Series championship that year.
Williams played his entire 16-year career with the Yankees, retiring after the 2006 season. In October of that year, the team officially retired his number 51. He currently works as a special advisor for the Yankees.
Won four World Series with the Yankees
Bernie Williams was born on September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1985 and made his Major League debut with the team in 1991. Williams was a key member of the Yankees’ dynasty that won four World Series titles in a five-year span between 1996 and 2000. He won two Gold Glove Awards for his defense in center field and was a five-time All-Star. Williams also excelled at hitting home runs in the postseason, slugging 22 career playoff homers, which is tied for sixth all-time. After winning another World Series title with the Yankees in 2009, Williams retired from baseball.