If it was your dream to play for the Yankees and wear a single digit number, you can keep dreaming.
The New York Yankees announced today that they will retire former manager Joe Torre’s number 6 in an August 23rd ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
Here are the single-digit numbers retired by the Yankees:
1: Billy Martin
2: Derek Jeter (Sooner rather than Later)
3: Babe Ruth
4: Lou Gehrig
5: Joe DiMaggio
6: Joe Torre
7: Mickey Mantle
8: Yogi Berra
8: Bill Dickey
9: Roger Maris
Joe Torre managed the Yankees from 1996 through 2007, won 4 World Series, and never once missed the post-season. He led the Yankees to championships in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000. There has not been a repeat champion, let alone a 3-peat champion since.
When the Yankees won the title in 1996, it ended an 18-year championship drought that extended back to 1978.
Torre becomes the 3rd Yankees manager ever to have his number retired, joining Casey Stengal and Billy Martin. He’s also being inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on July 27th. Torre has one busy summer ahead of him.
Along with Torre, the Yankees plan to honor Goose Gossage, Tino Martinez, and Paul O’Neil this summer.