The Yankees first used numbers on their jerseys to reflect their batting order. I don't know exactly when they started, probably during the Gehrig/Ruth years.
According to Baseball Almanac.com, the Indians were the first to use numbers. They were experimenting with numbers and on 16 April, 1929 played the first game with numbers added. The Yankees had added numbers permanently but had been rained out a couple of times, so the Indians beat them to the punch. The Yankees also played the same day, but I guess the Indians game was earlier.
The NY Yankess put numbers on their jerseys reflectong the batting order. This put numbers in order to indentify each player so that the fans sitting far away would see the Babe. Ruth is the reason we have numbers today. Please check out Ken Burns' baseball to find out more.
From the website: http://www.all-baseball.com/ref/retired.HTML
Here are a few key dates in the evolution of uniform numbers:
* 1907: The Reading Red Roses are the first team to experiment with uniform numbers. * 1916: The Cleveland Indians are the first major league team to experiment with uniform numbers. On June 26, they wear numbers on the left sleeve. The project lasts only a few weeks. * 1917: Indians try again, this time with the numbers on the right sleeve. Again, they abandon them after a brief trial. * 1923: The St. Louis Cardinals try numbers on the sleeves. It is short-lived. * 1929: The Yankees and Indians wear numbers on the backs of their jerseys. * 1932: NL president John Heydler issues an edict on June 22 that all NL teams should number their players "With each club to inaugurate the system as soon as possible." * 1937: The Philadelphia A's become the last team to add numbers to their home uniforms. The team, and the rest of the AL, had added numbers to their road shirts in 1931.
The first latin major league baseball player was Louis Castro.
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
The New York Yankees were the first Major League team to retire a players number.Lou Gehrig was the first player and the #4 was the first number.
Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player who became the first black player in the major league of baseball
The New York Yankee baseball team was the first one to retire the numbers of their great players after they retired.
The New York Yankees were the first.
The Cincinnati reds were the first baseball club to pay a player, therefor making it the first professional team in major league baseball.
Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first major league baseball player, or it could be Bud Fowler.
Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player in the National Baseball League.The first African-American was Moses Fleetwood Walker he played for the Toledo Blue Stockings he brother a few years later joined the club. Jackie Robinson was the best black player in the majors not the first that was just a myth.
Jackie Robinson who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
His name was Jakie Robinson
Brooklyn Dodgers Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson was a baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the first African-American major league baseball player of the modern era in 1947.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the modern era. Moses Fleetwood Walker is credited with being the first black player in the history of major-league baseball.
Moses Fleetwood "Fleet" Walker was the first major league baseball player. I thought it was another guy, but oh well. -Anonymous Quo