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The Boston Celtics Have So Many Championship Banners in the Rafters, They Have to Squeeze Their Similarly Numerous Retired Numbers Into Little Boxes

The Boston Celtics Have So Many Championship Banners in the Rafters, They Have to Squeeze Their Similarly Numerous Retired Numbers Into Little Boxes

Sports List of the Day NBA fans – here is your personal list of all the league’s retired “numbers”  – and those not officially retired that hang in the rafters anyway.

Let me explain.

Some numbers are outright retired. You’ll never see another Boston Celtic wear No. 33 again (Larry Bird) or another Los Angeles Laker wear No. 32 (Magic Johnson).

But you might see a Philadelphia 76er wearing No. 2 (Moses Malone) or a Los Angeles Laker wearing No. 99 (George Mikan).

In the far right column, there are explanations for quirks like the above, the proper team name for whom the player’s number is retired (ex: Atlanta vs. St. Louis Hawks) and other explanatory notes.

The Boston Celtics have the most retired “numbers” or jerseys, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers. Few things make greater sense.

Several players have their numbers retired by more than one team. Wilt Chamberlain is the only player to have his number retired by three franchises (Warriors, 76ers, Lakers).

Those with two are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Bucks, Lakers); Charles Barkley (76ers, Suns); Clyde Drexler (Trail Blazers, Rockets); Bob Lanier (Pistons, Bucks); Oscar Robertson (Kings, Bucks); Earl Monroe (Knicks, Wizards); Moses Malone (76ers, Rockets); Julius Erving (76ers, Nets); Nate Thurmond (Cavaliers, Warriors); Pete Maravich (Jazz, Hornets) and Michael Jordan (Bulls, Heat).

Oh, and both the Magic and Kings have both retired the No. 6 in honor of the fans. I wonder if the Kings will keep it retired when they move to Seattle (zing).

Asterisks denote players who died while actively a members of their team. Their numbers are retired in memory.

00 Robert Parish C  
1 Walter Brown Founder  
2 Red Auerbach Head Coach  
3 Dennis Johnson G  
6 Bill Russell C  
10 Jo Jo White G  
14 Bob Cousy G  
15 Tom Heinsohn F  
16 Tom Sanders F  
17 John Havlicek F-G  
18 Dave Cowens C  
19 Don Nelson F  
21 Bill Sharman G  
22 Ed Macauley C  
23 Frank Ramsey G  
24 Sam Jones G  
25 K.C. Jones G  
31 Cedric Maxwell F  
32 Kevin McHale F  
33 Larry Bird F  
35 Reggie Lewis* G  
LOSCY Jim Loscutoff F Same Number as Cowens (18)
Mic Johnny Most Broadcaster  
13 Wilt Chamberlain C  
17 Jim Pollard F Minneapolis. Raised, not officially retired.
19 Vern Mikkelsen F Minneapolis. Raised, not officially retired.
22 Elgin Baylor F Minneapolis / Los Angeles
22 Slater Martin G Minneapolis. Raised, not officially retired.
25 Gail Goodrich G  
32 Magic Johnson G  
33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar C  
34 Clyde Lovellette C Minneapolis. Raised, not officially retired.
34 Shaquille O’Neal C  
42 James Worthy F  
44 Jerry West G  
52 Jamaal Wilkes F  
99 George Mikan C Minneapolis. Raised, not officially retired.
JK John Kundla Head Coach Minneapolis
Mic Chick Hearn Broadcaster  
5 Dick Van Arsdale G  
6 Walter Davis G-F  
7 Kevin Johnson G Raised, not officially retired
9 Dan Majerle G-F Raised, not officially retired
24 Tom Chambers F Raised, not officially retired
33 Alvan Adams C-F  
34 Charles Barkley F Raised, not officially retired
42 Connie Hawkins F  
44 Paul Westphal G  
JC Jerry Colangelo Executive  
JM John MacLeod Head Coach  
JP Joe Proski Trainer  
832 Cotton Fitzsimmons Head Coach NBA Wins
1 Larry Weinberg Founder  
13 Dave Twardzik G  
14 Lionel Hollins G  
15 Larry Steele G  
20 Maurice Lucas F  
22 Clyde Drexler G  
30 Bob Gross F  
30 Terry Porter G  
32 Bill Walton C  
36 Lloyd Neal F-C  
45 Geoff Petrie G  
77 Jack Ramsay Head Coach Year of NBA Championship (1976-77)
2 Chuck Daly Head Coach  
4 joe Dumars G  
10 Dennis Rodman F  
11 Isiah Thomas G  
15 Vinnie Johnson G  
16 Bob Lanier C  
21 Dave Bing G  
40 Bill Laimbeer C  
JM Jack McCloskey GM  
WD William Davidson Owner  
1 Tiny Archibald G Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha / K.C.
2 Mitch Richmond G  
4 Chris Webber F  
6 The Fans   “The Sixth Man”
11 Bob Davies G Rochester Royals
12 Maurice Stokes F-C Rochester Royals / Cincinnati Royals
14 Oscar Robertson G Cincinnati Royals
21 Vlade Divac C  
27 Jack Twyman F-G  
44 Sam Lacey C Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha / K.C.
UTAH JAZZ (10)    
1 Frank Layden Head Coach  
4 Adrian Dantley F  
7 Pete Maravich G New Orleans / Utah
9 Larry Miller Owner  
12 John Stockton G  
14 Jeff Hornacek G  
32 Karl Malone F  
35 Darrell Griffith G  
53 Mark Eaton C  
Mic Hot Rod Hundley Broadcaster  
10 Walt Frazier G  
12 Dick Barnett G  
15 Dick McGuire G  
15 Earl Monroe G  
19 Willis Reed C-F  
22 Dave DeBusschere F  
24 Bill Bradley F  
33 Patrick Ewing C  
613 Red Holzman Head Coach Knicks Wins
2 Moses Malone C Not officially retired.
6 Julius Erving F  
10 Maurice Cheeks G  
13 Wilt Chamberlain C  
15 Hal Greer G Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia
24 Bobby Jones F  
32 Billy Cunningham F  
34 Charles Barkley F  
Mic Dave Zinkoff PA Announcer  
1 Oscar Robertson G  
2 Junior Bridgeman F-G  
4 Sidney Moncrief G  
14 Jon McGlocklin G  
16 Bob Lanier C  
32 Brian Winters G  
33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar C  
1 Gus Williams G Seattle SuperSonics
10 Nate McMillan G Seattle SuperSonics
19 Lenny Wilkens G Seattle SuperSonics
24 Spencer Haywood F Seattle SuperSonics
32 Fred Brown G Seattle SuperSonics
43 Jack Sikma C Seattle SuperSonics
Mic Bob Blackburn Broadcaster Seattle SuperSonics
00 Johnny Moore G  
6 Avery Johnson G  
12 Bruce Bowen F  
13 James Silas G San Antonio Spurs (ABA/NBA)
32 Sean Elliot F  
44 George Gervin G-F San Antonio Spurs (ABA/NBA)
50 David Robinson C  
3 Drazen Petrovic* G New Jersey
4 Wendell Ladner* F New York (ABA)
23 John Williamson G New York (ABA) / New Jersey
25 Bill Melchionni G New York (ABA)
32 Julius Erving F New York (ABA)
52 Buck Williams F-C New Jersey
4 Jerry Sloan G  
10 Bob Love F  
23 Michael Jordan G  
33 Scottie Pippen F  
JK Jerry Krause GM  
PJ Phil Jackson Head Coach  
7 Bingo Smith F-G  
22 Larry Nance F  
25 Mark Price G  
34 Austin Carr G  
42 Nate Thurmond C  
43 Brad Daugherty C  
13 Wilt Chamberlain C Philadelphia / San Francisco
14 Tom Meschery F Philadelphia / San Francisco
16 Al Attles G Philadelphia / San Francisco
17 Chris Mullin F-G  
24 Rick Barry F San Francisco / Golden State
42 Nate Thurmond C-F San Francisco / Golden State
22 Clyde Drexler G  
23 Calvin Murphy G San Diego / Houston
24 Moses Malone C  
34 Hakeem Olajuwon C  
45 Rudy Tomjanovich F San Diego / Houston
CD Carroll Dawson AC / GM  
9 Bob Pettit F Milwaukee / St. Louis
17 Ted Turner Owner  
21 Dominique Wilkins F  
23 Lou Hudson F-G St. Louis / Atlanta
40 Jason Collier* C  
2 Alex English F  
33 David Thompson G  
40 Byron Beck C-F Denver Nuggets (ABA)
44 Dan Issel C-F  
432 Doug Moe Coach Nuggets Wins
30 George McGinnis F Indiana Pacers (ABA/NBA)
31 Reggie Miller G  
34 Mel Daniels C Indiana Pacers (ABA)
35 Roger Brown F Indiana Pacers (ABA)
529 Slick Leonard Head Coach Indiana Pacers (ABA/NBA); Pacers Wins (ABA/NBA)
MIAMI HEAT (4)    
10 Tim Hardaway G  
13 Dan Marino QB Makes no sense to me.
23 Michael Jordan G Another odd honor.
33 Alonzo Mourning C  
10 Earl Monroe G Baltimore Bullets
11 Elvin Hayes F Baltimore, Capital, Washington Bullets
25 Gus Johnson F Balimore Bullets
41 Wes Unseld C Baltimore, Capital, Washington Bullets
15 Brad Davis G  
22 Rolando Blackman G  
7 Pete Maravich G Played for LSU and New Orleans Jazz
13 Bobby Phills* G Charlotte
2 Malik Sealy* G  
6 The Fans   “The Sixth Man”


Major League Baseball’s Retired Numbers by Team

Jackie Robinson, No. 42

Jackie Robinson, No. 42

All together, 187 “numbers,” mostly for players, have been retired by major league baseball clubs.

In 1997, on the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s rookie season, MLB retired his No. 42 for every team.

The New York Yankees have the most retired numbers – a flat out 16 players and managers.  The Giants franchise (including the New York years), in second, has retired 11 player and manager numbers – but also two broadcasters’.

In parentheses beside each team below is the number of retired players and managers.  In some cases, as with the Giants above, a broadcaster, executive, owner, proponent, coach or even the fans have had their “numbers” retired. In those cases, the first number is the number of retired player and manager numbers, followed by the whole total for the team.

Several players have their numbers retired by more than one team, led by Nolan Ryan, whose jersey hangs in the rafters of three different ballparks: Astros, Angels and Rangers.  Then, you have nine others retired by two teams: Carlton Fisk (Red Sox, White Sox)…Casey Stengel (Yankees, Mets)…Frank Robinson (Reds, Orioles)…Greg Maddux (Braves, Cubs)…Hank Aaron (Braves, Brewers)…Reggie Jackson (A’s, Yankees)…Rod Carew (Twins, Angels)…Rollie Fingers (A’s, Brewers)…and Sparky Anderson (Reds, Tigers).

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YANKEES (16)  
#1 Billy Martin MGR
#3 Babe Ruth LF/RF
#4 Lou Gehrig 1B
#5 Joe DiMaggio CF
#7 Mickey Mantle CF
#8 Bill Dickey C
#8 Yogi Berra C
#9 Roger Maris RF
#10 Phil Rizzuto SS
#15 Thurman Munson C
#16 Whitey Ford SP
#23 Don Mattingly 1B
#32 Elston Howard C
#37 Casey Stengel MGR
#44 Reggie Jackson RF
#49 Ron Guidry SP
GIANTS (11/13)  
CM Christy Mattewson SP
JM John McGraw MGR
LS Lon Simmons Broadcaster
RH Russ Hodges Broadcaster
#3 Bill Terry 1B
#4 Mel Ott RF
#11 Carl Hubbell SP
#20 Monte Irvin LF
#24 Willie Mays CF
#27 Juan Marichal SP
#30 Orlando Cepeda 1B/LF
#36 Gaylord Perry SP
#44 Willie McCovey 1B
CARDINALS (10/12)  
JB Jack Buck Broadcaster
RH Rogers Hornsby 2B/SS
#1 Ozzie Smith SS
#2 Red Schoendienst 2B
#6 Stan Musial 1B/LF/RF
#9 Enos Slaughter RF
#14 Ken Boyer 3B
#17 Dizzy Dean SP
#20 Lou Brock LF
#42 Bruce Sutter RP
#45 Bob Gibson SP
#85 August Busch, Jr. Owner
REDS (9/12)  
JN Joe Nuxhall Broadcaster
MB Marty Brennaman Broadcaster
WH Waite Hoyt Broadcaster
#1 Fred Hutchinson MGR
#5 Willard Hershberger C
#5 Johnny Bench C
#8 Joe Morgan 2B
#10 Sparky Anderson MGR
#13 Dave Concepcion SS
#18 Ted Kluszewski 1B
#20 Frank Robinson RF/LF
#24 Tony Perez 1B
DODGERS (10)  
#1 Pee Wee Reese SS
#2 Tommy Lasorda MGR
#4 Duke Snider CF
#19 Jim Gilliam 2B/3B
#20 Don Sutton SP
#24 Walter Alston MGR
#32 Sandy Koufax SP
#39 Roy Campanella C
#42 Jackie Robinson 2B
#53 Don Drysdale SP
#2 Nellie Fox 2B
#3 Harold Baines RF/DH
#4 Luke Appling SS
#9 Minnie Minoso LF
#11 Luis Aparicio SS
#16 Ted Lyons SP
#19 Billy Pierce SP
#35 Frank Thomas 1B/DH
#72 Carlton Fisk C
#1 Billy Meyer MGR
#4 Ralph Kiner LF
#8 Willie Stargell LF/1B
#9 Bill Mazeroski 2B
#11 Paul Waner RF
#20 Pie Traynor 3B
#21 Roberto Clemente RF
#33 Honus Wagner SS
#40 Danny Murtaugh MGR
ASTROS (9)  
#5 Jeff Bagwell 1B
#7 Craig Biggio 2B
#24 Jimmy Wynn CF/RF
#25 Jose Cruz LF
#32 Jim Umbricht RP
#33 Mike Scott SP
#34 Nolan Ryan SP
#40 Don Wilson SP
#49 Larry Dierker SP
BRAVES (8)  
#3 Dale Murphy CF
#6 Bobby Cox MGR
#21 Warren Spahn SP
#31 Greg Maddux SP
#41 Eddie Matthews 3B
#44 Hank Aaron RF/CF
#47 Tom Glavine SP
PHILLIES (7/8)  
CK Chuck Klein RF
HK Harry Kalas Broadcaster
PA Pete Alexander SP
#1 Richie Ashburn CF
#14 Jim Bunning SP
#20 Mike Schmidt 3B
#32 Steve Carlton SP
#36 Robin Roberts SP
TIGERS (7/8)  
EH Ernie Harwell Broadcaster
TC Ty Cobb CF
#2 Charlie Gehringer 2B
#5 Hank Greenberg 1B
#6 Al Kaline RF
#11 Sparky Anderson MGR
#16 Hal Newhouser SP
#23 Willie Horton LF
RED SOX (7)  
#1 Bobby Doerr 2B
#4 Joe Cronin MGR
#6 Johnny Pesky SS/3B
#8 Carl Yastrzemski LF
#9 Ted Williams LF
#14 Jim Rice LF/DH
#27 Carlton Fisk C
TWINS (7)  
#3 Harmon Killebrew 1B/3B
#6 Tony Oliva RF
#10 Tom Kelly MGR
#14 Kent Hrbek 1B 
#28 Bert Blyleven SP
#29 Rod Carew 2B
#34 Kirby Puckett CF
INDIANS (6/7)  
#3 Earl Averill CF
#5 Lou Boudreau SS
#14 Larry Doby CF
#18 Mel Harder SP
#19 Bob Feller SP
#21 Bob Lemon SP
#455 The Fans Consecutive Sold Out Games
PADRES (5/7)  
JC Jerry Coleman Broadcaster
RK Ray Kroc Owner
#6 Steve Garvey 1B
#19 Tony Gwynn RF
#31 Dave Winfield RF
#35 Randy Jones SP
#51 Trevor Hoffman RP
CUBS (6)    
#10 Ron Santo 3B
#14 Ernie Banks SS/1B
#23 Ryne Sandberg 2B
#26 Billy Williams LF
#31 Ferguson Jenkins SP
#31 Greg Maddux SP
#4 Earl Weaver MGR
#5 Brooks Robinson 3B
#8 Cal Ripken, Jr. SS
#20 Frank Robinson RF/LF
#22 Jim Palmer SP
#33 Eddie Murray 1B
A’s (5)    
#9 Reggie Jackson RF
#24 Rickey Henderson LF
#27 Catfish Hunter SP
#34 Rollie Fingers RP
#43 Dennis Eckersley RP
BREWERS (4/5)  
BU Bob Uecker Broadcaster
#4 Paul Molitor 3B/2B
#19 Robin Yount SS/CF
#34 Rollie Fingers RP
#44 Hank Aaron DH
ANGELS (4/5)  
GA Gene Autry Owner
#11 Jim Fregosi SS
#29 Rod Carew 1B
#30 Nolan Ryan SP
#50 Jimmie Reese Coach
CB Charles Bronfman Owner
#8 Gary Carter C
#10 Rusty Staub RF
#10 Andre Dawson CF/RF
#30 Tim Raines LF
METS (3/4)  
SHEA William A. Shea Proponent
#14 Gil Hodges MGR
#37 Casey Stengel MGR
#41 Tom Seaver SP
ROYALS (3)  
#5 George Brett 3B
#10 Dick Howser MGR
#20 Frank White 2B
#26 Johnny Oates MGR
#34 Nolan Ryan SP
#20 Luis Gonzalez LF
#12 Roberto Alomar 2B
RAYS (1)    
#12 Wade Boggs 3B
MARLINS (0/1)  
#5 Carl Berger Executive
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