Tag Archives: retired numbers

Celebrity First Pitch – Rickey Henderson

As part of ‘Rickey Henderson Weekend’ last week in Oakland, the A’s gave the newest member of the Hall of Fame the chance to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

Of course Rickey obliged and as usual he thrilled the crowd that was watching!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Jim Rice

Of course Jim Rice is going to throw out the first pitch oh ‘Jim Rice Day’ at Fenway Park.  And while we’re at it and since everyone is in a festive mood, we might as well hang his #14 from the rafters  with the other legendary players that have suited up for the Boston Red Sox.

Congratulations Mr. Rice – You have had an amazing week!!!

Pictures From Rickey Henderson’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony!!!

What a great day for Rickey Henderson, the Oakland Athletics, and the fans!!!

Last night Rickey’s #24 was retired by the A’s and Rickey has once again joined some pretty elite company in the baseball world.

Here are a few pictures from the ceremony:

Rickey holding a trophy presented by Jason Giambi

Rickey holding a trophy presented by Jason Giambi

A golden base.  Fitting for the game's greatest runner!

A golden base. Fitting for the game's greatest runner!

"I am the Greatest" - Take 2

"I am the Greatest" - Take 2

Rickey throwing out the first pitch.  Yes, I want video!!!

Rickey throwing out the first pitch. Yes, I want video!!!

President Henderson blowing kisses to the crowd...

President Henderson blowing kisses to the crowd...

The setting.

The setting.

The perfect way to remember 'The Man'!!!

The perfect way to remember 'The Man'!!!

Rickey, his base, and his jersey = Baseball Perfection

Rickey, his base, and his jersey = Baseball Perfection


 Congratulations Rickey!!!  Another wonderful way for us to honor your commitment and excellence in the the game!!!

Rickey Henderson Gets His Jersey Retired Today!!!

It has been a hell of a week for Mr. Henderson.  From Hall of Fame enshrinement in Cooperstown last weekend to Oakland for the retirement of his #24 A’s jersey later tonight.

All of these honors are fitting for one of the most decorated and talented players to suit up for a major league baseball club in the last fifty years.

henderson jersey

A true original that will never be outmatched, Rickey Henderson absolutely deserves this honor!!!  I will be sure to post pictures from the big event as soon as they are available.

Congratulations Rickey!!!

My Email To Peter Gammons

Jersey retirement has been on my mind constantly over the last two months.  I started to think about it quite often once the Cubs retired the #31 of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux.  But my fascination with one of baseball’s greatest honors did not start there.  During the infancy stages of this blog I wrote an entry about why I think the Chicago Cubs should retire #17 which was worn by Mark Grace.  And during ‘Andre Dawson Day’, I blogged about his Expos jersey that had been retired and is now unfortunately meaningless.  Just this past week, the Atlanta Braves retired Greg Maddux’s jersey and the Oakland A’s are making plans to retire Rickey Henderson’s jersey in just a few short weeks.

So that has all led me up to this.  Last month Wade Boggs celebrated his birthday and the ‘gift’ he received from ’30-YOC’ was to finally get his jersey retired by the Boston Red Sox.  To be quite honest, I was shocked that this had not already occurred and it has been on my mind ever since.

I set out to get answers and below is my email to baseball’s ‘Answer Man’ Peter Gammons.  If I hear back from him, I will be sure to publish the results for you here.


Have a burning baseball question? Ask Peter Gammons. ESPN’s baseball guru answers users’ questions through this mailbox. His answers are posted on his Web site and on other related ESPN.com pages. Use the form below to ask a question — keep it short and clean, and check back to see if it’s answered! Your question:

 Hi Peter- Can you provide any insight as to why the Red Sox have not retired Wade Boggs’ jersey? Thank you.


Happy Anniversary Lou Gherig!!!

On this day in 1939 the great Lou Gherig retired from the sport of baseball.  A fan favorite and team leader, it was an emotional day for all baseball fans as a legend in the game was forced to leave his beloved sport to battle a deadly disease. 

70 years later, Gherig’s legacy lives on and he is still a celebrated member of the New York Yankees family and all of baseball too.

Gherig had the honor of being the first player in professional baseball history to have his jersey retired.  A truly deserving man to be recognized in this special way, Gherig was as classy of a player that this sport has ever seen.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Gherig!!!


Did You Know…

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig was the first major league player to have his number(4) retired.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

#31 – It’s About Time That They Did This….

Finally.  Finally.  Finally.

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs announced that they will be retiring #31 to honor the careers of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux. 

In my opinion, this move is long overdue.  Jenkins and Maddux are 2 of my favorite pitchers of all-time and it will be nice to see them recognized together.  I was pretty shocked when the Cubs let Maddux wear #31 in 1987 when he debuted in Chicago, but he has certainly lived up to his potential and is possibly the best pitcher of the last 30 years.

While Maddux had a great career as a Cub, it would be easy to argue that his best years were in Atlanta with the Braves.  Jenkins on the other hand, had a magnificent career, and his best years were undoubtedly in a Cubs’ uniform.

Congratulations to 2 incredible pitchers and 2 quality people. 

I want to be at Wrigley so bad on May 3….


Here are some links so you can check out the news as it broke around the sports world.

From ChicagoCubs.com


From ESPN.com


From SportsIllustrated.com