Mariano Rivera wears #42 for the Yankees.
Mariano Rivera is the current player and will be the last player on the Yankees to wear number 42. The number was retired throughout baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson. The players who were wearing that number when it was retired were allowed to keep it.
The number 42 was retired on all teams for Jackie Robinson on April 15th, 1997. Mariano Rivera on the New York Yankees is the last active player to wear the number.
Mariano Rivera Number 42Mariano Rivera is the last Major league ballplayer, and Yankees player still wearing uniform number 42. Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinsons uniform number 42. No Other player on any team can wear the number. Because Mariano had the number when Robinsons number was retired he was allowed to continue wearing it. When Mariano Rivera retires from baseball the New York Yankees will retire uniform number 42 in honor him.
Nobody, it was Jackie Robinson, whose number was retired throughout baseball in 1997. The only player who still wears #42 is Mariano Rivera, The New York Yankees closer, who had the number before it was retired.
Lou Gehrig was the first Yankee to have his number retired. The #4 was retired by the Yankees in 1939.
The New York Yankees have NOT retired every number but, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 42*, 44, and 49. *Number 42 was retired by Major League baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson but, you could be sure that the Yankees will retire number 42 in honor of Mariano Rivera when the time comes.
April 15th, 1997. This is why Mariano Rivera, prolific Yankee closer, still wears the same number. He debuted with the Yankees on May 23, 1995.
Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey both had their number 8 retired by the Yankees.
In 1948, the Yankees retired #3 in honor of Babe Ruth.