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COUNTING DOWN: The Best Yankee At Each Uniform Number (#60)

By Paul Semendinger

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Prior to 1966, no one had ever worn #60 for the Yankees. The first Yankee to wear this number was Stan Bahnsen in 1966.

Between 1966 and 1988, no player wore #60.

Then the floodgates opened:


1988 – Hipolito Pena


1990 – John Habyan


1991 – Darrin Chapin


1992 – J.T. Snow


1996 – Tim McIntosh


1998 – Mike Lowell


2000 – Craig Dingman


2001- Nick Johnson


2003 – Brandon Claussen & Erick Almonte


2004 – Sam Marsonek & Felix Escalona


2005 – Wil Nieves


2007 – Jose Veras


2010 – Kevin Russo


2011 – Branson Laird


2012 – Chris Dickerson


2013 – Melky Mesa & David Huff

It seems, after all of that, the number was “retired.”

This season, Mike Harkey, a coach, is wearing #60.

But on to the big question… how does one choose a “best” player from that list of players who didn’t make much of a mark on the Yankees, or, if they did (like Stan Bahnsen, who won the Rookie of the Year in 1968) did it wearing a different uniform number?

The best player as a Yankee while wearing #60 is…

Chris Dickerson.

Wearing #60 in 2012, Dickerson played in 25 games and batted .286 with 2 homers.

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

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