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COUNTING DOWN: The Best Yankee At Each Uniform Number (#51)

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

By Paul Semendinger


The number is already his, for eternity, I assume.

Bernie Williams.

For now at least, until #52 gets retired for C.C. Sabathia, #51 is the highest of the Yankees retired numbers.

And Bernie was one of the great Yankees.

Absolutely and positively.

Bernie ranks in the Top-10 All-Time in Yankees history in the following areas:

  • WAR (position Players) – 10th

  • Offensive WAR – 6th

  • Games Played – 6th

  • At Bats – 4th

  • Plate Appearances – 5th

  • Runs Scored – 6th

  • Hits – 5th

  • Total Bases – 6th

  • Doubles – 3rd

  • Home Runs – 7th

  • Runs Batted In – 7th

  • Walks – 5th

Bernie Williams was a five-time All-Star. He won four Gold Gloves. He was on four World Championship teams.

Bernie Williams was a leader, the center fielder, during one of the great Yankees eras.

In post season play, Williams hit 22 homers and drove home 80 runs.

Yeah, #51 is his.

One of the best. A Yankees legend. And one of my favorite players of all time.

Bernie Williams – the greatest ever to wear #51.


The following players also wore #51, but together all combined, they didn’t have the career that Bernie Williams had:

Frank Leja, Jim Coates, Gordie Windhorn, Pete Mikkelsen, Tony Solita, Ron Klimkowski, Terry Whitfield, Larry McCall, Cecilio Guante, and Chuck Cary.

Wow. It isn’t even close.

At all.


Most of the background research for this project came from



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