Yankees Who Wore Number 22

The Yankees have had some great players wear the number 22 over the years. From Babe Ruth to Roger Maris to Reggie Jackson, the number has been worn by some of the best to ever play the game.

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Lou Gehrig

Yankees who wore number 22 all have something in common: they are or were extremely popular with the fans. Babe Ruth, for example, was not only one of the best Yankees ever, but he was also one of the most popular baseball players of all time. Lou Gehrig, who wore number 22 for the Yankees from 1923 to 1939, was also a very popular player.

Gehrig’s career with the Yankees

Lou Gehrig played his entire MLB career with the New York Yankees, from 1923 to 1939. He was a member of six World Series championship teams and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

Gehrig was an excellent all-around ballplayer. He was a left-handed batter who hit for power and average; he hit 493 home runs and had a batting average of .340. He also was a good fielder and an aggressive base runner. He holds the record for most grand slams in a career (23).

Gehrig’s biggest contribution to the sport, however, may have been his durability. He played in 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood until it was broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. Gehrig’s streak came to an end on May 2, 1939, when he took himself out of the lineup because he realized that he could no longer play at a high level. The following day, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disease that would eventually claim his life.

Gehrig’s number retired by the Yankees

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig’s number, 4, was retired by the New York Yankees. He was the first player in MLB history to have his number retired by a team. Gehrig’s number is one of six numbers retired by the Yankees. The other five are: Babe Ruth (3), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra (8), Bill Dickey (8) andRoger Maris (9).

Billy Martin

Billy Martin was an American Manager who had a total of 5 stints with the New York Yankees. He was also known for wearing the number 22. He was inducted into the Yankees Hall of Fame in 1987.

Martin’s career with the Yankees

Billy Joe “White Shoes” Martin (May 16, 1928 – October 24, 1989) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who had an 11-year playing career with the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers. He is best known as the manager of the Yankees during the late 1970s when they had become known as “the Bronx Zoo”, a team featuring such controversial stars as Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter.

Born in Berkeley, California, Martin was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1950. He spent most of his early years in baseball playing for their minor league affiliates. He made his major league debut in 1950 and became a regular player for the Yankees from 1951 through 1957. In these years he teamed with Yogi Berra to become one of the best offensive second basemen in baseball, helping lead the team to five consecutive World Series championships from 1953 through 1957.

Martin’s career took a turn for the worse after he was traded to the Kansas City Athletics following the 1957 season. He had several productive seasons with Kansas City before he was traded back to the Yankees in 1961. After serving primarily as a utility player for them over the next few years he began to see more playing time following an injury to Bobby Richardson in 1964. In 1965 he enjoyed his best season as he was selected for both the All-Star team and won a Gold Glove Award while batting .257 with 96 runs batted in (RBIs).

Although Martin continued to play regularly over much of next five seasons his batting productivity steadily declined; particularly worrisome given his continued struggles against left-handed pitching. By 1970 he found himself out of baseball entirely after being released by Oakland Athletics following spring training.

Martin’s number retired by the Yankees

In 1986, the Yankees retired Martin’s number 1; he had worn it during four of his five tenures as the team’s managers. During the ceremony, Steinbrenner said, “Billy Martin was a great Yankee and a great man”,

In 1987, ESPN produced a made-for-television movie about Martin’s life, entitled The Bronx Zoo. The movie starred Karl Malden as Steinbrenner, andospoke candidly about his relationships with Steinbrenner and Jackson.

On August 25, 1988, Martin’s number 6 was retired by the Oakland Athletics. In 2000, he was inducted into the Oakland Athletics Hall of Fame.

Roger Maris

Many great Yankees have worn the number 22, but the most famous is probably Roger Maris. Maris was an outfielder who played for the Yankees from 1961 to 1966. In 1961, he set the record for most home runs in a season with 61. Maris was a two-time American League MVP and a six-time All-Star. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Maris’s career with the Yankees

Roger Maris played right field for the New York Yankees from 1961 to 1966 and is best remembered for breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record by hitting 61 homers in 1961. A seven-time All-Star, Maris was voted American League MVP in 1960 and 1961. After being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967, Maris helped his new team win the World Series that year. He retired from baseball in 1968.

Maris’s number retired by the Yankees

In 1984, the Yankees retired Maris’s uniform number 22. He is one of only four Yankees (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle are the others) to have his number retired by the organization. In 1998, Maris was ranked number 62 on The Sporting News’s list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

Thurman Munson

Thurman Munson was the first great catcher in Yankees history and was also the first Yankee to win the Rookie of the Year Award. He was named the American League MVP in 1976 and was a 3-time Gold Glove winner. Munson was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1979, but his legacy as one of the greatest catchers in Yankees history lives on.

Munson’s career with the Yankees

In June 1970, the New York Yankees drafted Munson out of Kent State University. He quickly progressed through the Yankees’ farm system, earning a late-season call-up to the major leagues in August 1970. In 1971, he took over as the starting catcher, captured the American League Rookie of the Year honors, and helped lead the Yankees to a World Series victory over the defending champion Baltimore Orioles.

Munson’s number retired by the Yankees

On June 18, 1979, the New York Yankees retired Thurman Munson’s uniform number 6. At the time, only four other Yankees had their numbers retired: Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), and Mickey Mantle (7). The ceremony took place between games of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles. In addition, a plaque in his honor was unveiled in Monument Park.

Munson was the first Yankee captain since Lou Gehrig to play his entire career with the team. He was also the first Yankee catcher to win three Gold Glove Awards. A seven-time All-Star, he was named American League MVP in 1976.

Jorge Posada

Jorge Posada was a catcher who played for the New York Yankees for 17 seasons. He was a member of five World Series championship teams and was a four-time All-Star. Posada is also the Yankees all-time leader in games played at catcher.

Posada’s career with the Yankees

Jorge Posada played for the New York Yankees for 17 seasons, from 1995-2011. He was a member of five World Series championship teams, and was elected to the All-Star team five times. In 2000, he won the Silver Slugger Award as the best-hitting catcher in the American League.

During his career, Posada had a batting average of .273, with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs. He is one of only four catchers in Yankees history to have more than 1,000 hits.

Posada retired from baseball in 2012. His number 22 was retired by the Yankees in 2015.

Posada’s number retired by the Yankees

On August 22, 2015, the New York Yankees retired Jorge Posada’s number 22 during a ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Posada is the fifth Yankee to have his number retired, joining Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), and Mickey Mantle (7). He is also the first Yankee catcher to have his number retired by the team.

A five-time All-Star, Posada played his entire 17-year career with the Yankees, winning five World Series titles. He is one of only 18 players in Major League Baseball history to spend their entire careers with one team and win five or more World Series titles.

Posada was an integral part of some of the most successful teams in Yankees history, including the 1998 team that won a then-AL record 114 games, as well as the 2000 and 2009 World Series championship teams. He is also one of only four players in Yankees history to hit for a cycle, joining Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, as well as current Yankee Brett Gardner.

In 1,829 career games, Posada hit .273 with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI. He ranks fourth in Yankees history in games played by a catcher (behind Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, and Bill Dickey), fifth in home runs by a catcher, and seventh in RBI by a catcher. His 1,419 hits are the most ever by a Yankee catcher.

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