• Non-Star Favs By The Numbers

    Posted by on August 25th, 2008 · Comments (10)

    Somewhat inspired by Paul Vagnoni, here are my personal “non-star” favorites for Yankees uniform numbers:

    #1 – Bobby Murcer (Yeah, I know, he was a star. But, I’m being loose and easy here.)
    #2 – Wayne Tolleson
    #3, #4, #5, #7, #8, #15, #16 and #23 – Gotta skip, for the obvious reasons.
    # 6 – Roy White
    # 9 – Graig Nettles
    #10 – Rick Cerone (I am too young to remember the Scooter as a player.)
    #11 – Fred Stanley and Toby Harrah (tied)
    #12 – Ron Blomberg
    #13 – Walt Williams and Bobby Brown (tied)
    #14 – Lou Piniella
    #17 – Gene Michael and Mickey Rivers (tied)
    #18 – Claudell Washington and Randy Velarde (tied)
    #19 – Dave Righetti
    #20 – Bucky Dent
    #21 – Steve Kemp and Dan Pasqua (tied)
    #22 – Jerry Mumphrey
    #24 – Otto Velez and Kevin Maas (tied)
    #25 – Brian Doyle

    O.K., that’s enough for now. Maybe I do more later. How about you for #1 through #25? What non-star Yankees do you think of for each number?

    Comments on Non-Star Favs By The Numbers

    1. Joel
      August 25th, 2008 | 1:44 pm

      Just some other thoughts…

      10-Will always be Chris Chambliss for me.
      11-I loved Doc Gooden as #11
      12-Jim Spencer
      13-Jim Leyritz
      17-Rickey Ledee (thought he had a bright future)
      20-Mike Stanley
      21-LaTroy Hawkins ๐Ÿ™‚
      22-Jimmy Key
      24-Mike Torrez
      25-Jim Abbott

    2. August 25th, 2008 | 4:38 pm

      29 Bob Shirley
      38 Jason Grimsley
      43 Tim Stoddard
      45 Steve Balboni

      That’s all I got off the top of my head that wasn’t mentioned already…

    3. redbug
      August 25th, 2008 | 5:25 pm


      Rick Cerone???

      C’mom! I don’t care if you’re too young not to have seen the Scooter, How can you, the author of WasWatching, name anyone BUT the Scooter!!!

    4. Joel
      August 25th, 2008 | 6:17 pm

      26-El Duque/The Count
      27-Butch Wynegar
      28-Sparky Lyle
      29-Catfish (he’s a star, though)
      33-Ron Kittle
      34-Dick Howser
      38-Carlos May
      45-Rudy May

    5. hopbitters
      August 25th, 2008 | 7:13 pm

      #13 Luis Sojo ๐Ÿ™‚

    6. August 25th, 2008 | 7:56 pm

      ~~Cโ€™mom! I donโ€™t care if youโ€™re too young not to have seen the Scooter, How can you, the author of WasWatching, name anyone BUT the Scooter!!!~~

      FWIW, I always think of Scooter when I see a cannoli or drive over the GWB. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    7. Tresh Fan
      August 25th, 2008 | 8:02 pm

      Here’s a few of my faves. And, yes, I’ve omitted the obvious one (#15).

      #2 – Sandy Alomar, Sr. and Dale Berra. I’ve won a few beers on this one—name a father and a son who wore #2 for the Yanks.

      #3 – Cliff Mapes. I believe he’s the last to wear #3 for the Yankees. If not, I owe drinks to an awful lot of people.

      #5 – Nick Etten. He wore it when Joe D. was in the service in the 40’s.

      #6 – Charley Smith. Yeah, I know.

      #7 – Leo Durocher. I’m not kidding.

      #8 – Benny Bengough began the backstop tradition in 1929.

      #9 – Arndt Jorgens. He played on five World Championship teams, and never appeared in a single World Series game.

      #10 – Celerino Sanchez. Good field, no hit.

      #11 – Hector Lopez. Good hit, no field.

      That’s enough for now.

    8. August 25th, 2008 | 10:12 pm

      Tresh Fan – gotta ask…
      …when did you see your first Yankees game?

    9. Tresh Fan
      August 26th, 2008 | 11:37 am

      Tresh Fan – gotta ask
      …when did you see your first Yankees game?

      46 years ago this month. I was just about 7 years old. My uncle took me down to the game. He was born in 1912, had been a Yankees fan since 1920 (the year they acquired Ruth), and had the most wonderful scrapbook you ever saw—news clippings, pictures, scorecard sheets, ticket stubs. He used to enthrall me with stories of “Murderer’s Row” and could recall nearly every player who ever wore pinstripes. I would pick his brain for hours. Nothing delighted me more than watching a Yankees game with him; even on a dreary, overcast day like that one.

    10. August 26th, 2008 | 2:19 pm

      You’ve got me by 11 years!


      But, I was ten at the time…not seven like you.

      So, in the “overall” dept – you only have me by seven years! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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