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.
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.
Most of the background research for this project came from Baseball-Reference.com.