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Okay, it's not exactly an original idea, but who are the greatest players to ever wear each uniform number?

This could be fun, because many of the greatest players came before uniform numbers were introduced.

For instance, Walter Johnson never had a number as a player, but he wore two different numbers (28, 25) as a manager.

Bleacher Report came up with one fairly comprehensive ranking in 2012, and there have been others.

Any reason to think things have changed since this:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1004265-mlb-history-greatest-players-to-wear-jersey-numbers-1-57-and-beyond

There are a few numbers that are "up for grabs," if some young stud wants to make his name and brand by owning one (for instance, Johnny Damon as the best-ever to wear #18 could be challenged).

Casey Stengel is the most memorable #37, though he never wore it as a player.  The selection pool is pretty thin, with Kenny Rogers having the best career numbers (Stephen Strasburg has a way to go).

Might be fun to draft a couple of teams from the list.  They even have a few closers (though Mariano Rivera understandibly loses out to Jackie Robinson for the coveted #42).  Troy Percival (40), Dennis Eckersley (43), Goose Gossage (54), and even John Smoltz (29).

There exactly two catchers -- Roy Campanella (39) and Carlton Fisk (72).  No, Fisk's 72 doesn't fall within the 1-57 list br provided, but 27 went to Juan Marichal.



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Not a bad list.

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The only one that I can be sure of:

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EDDIE!  EDDIE!  EDDIE! biggrin



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NATIONAL LEAGUE                               AMERICAN LEAGUE

Starters:

C: Roy Campanella (39)                        Carlton Fisk (72)
1B: Stan Musial (6)                           Lou Gehrig (4)
2B: Jackie Robinson (42)                      Sandy Alomar Jr. (12)
3B: Chipper Jones (10)                        Alex Rodriguez (13)
SS: Ozzie Smith (1)                           Cal Ripken Jr. (8)
LF: Pete Rose (14)                            Ted Williams (9)
CF: Willie Mays (24)                          Joe DiMaggio (5)
RF: Hank Aaron (44)                           Babe Ruth (3)
SP: Tom Seaver (41)                           Jim Palmer (22)

Reserves:

1B: Todd Helton (17)                          Eddie Murray (33)
2B: Ryne Sandburg (23)                        none
3B: none                                      none
SS: Barry Larkin (11)                         Derek Jeter (2)
LF: Barry Bonds (25), Billy Williams (26)
    none
CF: none                                      Mickey Mantle (7), Johnny Damon (18)
                                              Jim Edmonds (15), Kirby Puckett (34),
                                              Torii Hunter (48)
RF: Tony Gwynn (19),
Frank Robinson (20)      none
    Roberto Clemente (21)
P:  Juan Marichal (27), John Smoltz (29),     Whitey Ford (16), Bert Blyleven (28),
   
Greg Maddux (31), Steve Carlton (32),     Nolan Ryan (30), Troy Percival (40),
   
Phil Niekro (35), Gaylord Perry (36),     Dennie Eckersley (43), Andy Pettitte (46),
   
Curt Schilling (38), Bob Gibson (45),     Ron Guidry (49), C.C. Sabathia (52),
    Tom Glavine (47), Sid Fernandez (50),     Goose Gossage (54), Mark Buehrle (56),
    Randy Johnson (51), Don Drysdale (53),    Johan Santana (57)
    Orel Hershiser (55)

The numbers shared by some players means we don't get guys like Mike Schmidt (20 went to Frank Robinson).

Robby goes to the N.L. simply because his career numbers were better there.  Same with Gaylord Perry and Orel Hershiser, among others.

The A.L. gets Sandy Alomar, Jr., Nolan Ryan, Goose Gossage, Bert Blyleven, Johan Santana, Eddie Murray, and Jim Edmonds.

Even though Babe Ruth also played with the Boston Braves, I'll let the A.L. claim him. biggrin

Feel free to toy with my arbitrary starters (Pete Rose vs. Barry Bonds?  Tom Seaver vs. Randy Johnson?  Jim Palmer over Nolan Ryan or Whitey Ford?).

The A.L. got all the primary closers, but John Smoltz and Randy Johnson have closer experience for the N.L.

There are depth problems (primarily in the infield).  But both teams can field a pretty nice starting lineup.



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It is a shame that Steve Carlton wore number 32. An almost completely interchangeable option would be another NL-lurking, lefty-hurling, #32-wearing starting pitcher.

Sandy Koufax

Koufax did not have the longevity of Carlton. And he was leading in the pitcher friendly 60s. Ah, well. I guess I will acquiesce and give the nod to Lefty.

Now, if only Rube had a number on the old shirt I could argue as the day is long...

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