First Number Retired In MLB
The first number to be retired in MLB was No. 4. It was officially retired on July 4, 1939, by one of the greatest baseball players Lou Gehrig.
The tradition of retirement of numbers was started when Lou in MLB history as his number was the first to be retired. It has been the famous way to honor a former player since then. After then, almost 200 digits have been retired in MLB history.
After the Yankees assigned the numbers to the players from 1 to 8 per their regular batting orders, Lou was designated No. 4, along with his teammate Babe Ruth with No.3.
Due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, later named Lou Gehrig's Disease, he announced his retirement following his number to be retired in MLB. The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given every year to the MLB player who shows Lou's integrity in the game in his honor.
Recently, MLB retired numbers 2023, including two pending retirements of digits 25 and 34, which are worn by Andruw Jones of the Atlanta Braves and Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers.