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COUNTING DOWN: The Best Yankee At Each Uniform Number (#63)

By Paul Semendinger

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We are now getting to the point where we have uniform numbers that were worn by a plethora of players.

No fewer than 19 Yankees have worn uniform number 63.

Here is a quick look at the players:


Mike Morgan, 1982


Jim Walewander, 1990


Danny Rios, 1997


Mike Figga, 1997


Randy Keisler, 2000


Andy Cannizaro, 2006


Alberto Gonzalez, 2007


Colter Bean, 2007


Chris Britton, 2008


Jonathan Albaladejo, 2008-2010


Jesus Montero, 2011


Justin Thomas, 2012


Zoilo Almonte, 2013


Chris Leroux, 2014


Antoan Richardson, 2014


Jose Ramirez, 2014


Mason Williams, 2015


Jose Pirela, 2015


Lucas Luetge, 2021

As with #64, that is a long list of players, none of whom had much of an impact (at all) on the history of the Yankees.

On that list, only one Yankee, Jonathan Albaladejo, wore the number for more than one season. It would seem clear that he would be the best ever at #63, but I needed to be fair about this and do the research.

Albaladejo pitched in 49 games for the Yankees. He had a positive record going 5-2, 4.70 record in the 59.1 innings he pitched.

Of the other players, the only ones who played long enough as a Yankee in #63 to also be considered were the following:


Mike Morgan (1982) – pitched in 30 games (7-11, 4.37) throwing 150.1 innings. That is very significant. To make this exercise difficult, he also wore #39 that year.


Jesus Montero (2011) – when he arrived, he arrived big hitting .328/4/12 in 18 games

When Montero first came up, he showed the potential he had and demonstrated why the Yankees were so high on him. It just didn’t last. He was not the greatest at this number.

Next, in my research, I was unable to find any reference as to when Mike Morgan changed his uniform number from 63 to 39 (or from 39 to 63). Knowing that the Yankees did not often issue higher numbers when he played, I am going to assume that once he became a permanent member of the team in 1982, the Yankees issued him the lower of the two numbers. Thus, I cannot imagine that many of Morgan’s 150.1 innings came in uniform #63. But, even if they did, Albaladejo held the number longer in time, if not innings. He also appeared in more games than Morgan (49 to 30).

Because of all of this Jonathan Albaladejo gets the nod as the greatest Yankee to ever wear uniform number 63.

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

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