49ers Dwight Clark, whose jersey number 87 was retired by the San Francisco 49ers, made one of the most memorable catches in NFL history in the 1982 NFC Championship.
It means you will be forever remember with the team who retired your number. No one else on that team can have your number. Actually, if the organization sees fit anyone can wear the number even while it's retired. It'll still be retired and people will remember who wore it, but the number will be considered active.
The first number in professional sports to be retired was the number 1. It was worn by Ray Flaherty of the New York Giants football team, and was retired in 1935.
no one anymore because the number 41 is retired. Tom Seaver wore the number and it is retired in his honor.
On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig became the first Major League Baseball player to have his number, 4, retired by his team. Since then, over 120 other people have had their numbers retired. The Yankees were the first team to retire a number. Number 4, Lou Gehrig was the first player to have his number retired
Bruce Smith's jersey number (54) was the first to be retired by the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, in 1977.
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No car number has ever been retired--the number belongs to the team--or reverts back to NASCAR to be re-issued. Dale's Number 3 is not retired, and it would be up to RCR to use the number again or not.