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COUNTING DOWN: The Best Yankee At Each Uniform Numbers (#86 and #87)

By Paul Semendinger


If you want to be the greatest #87 in Yankees’ history… just make the big club and take that number.

No Yankee has ever worn #87.

Which brings us to #86.

How about a guy with an 0-1 lifetime record along with a 7.11 ERA as a Yankee being the best of all time at that number?

That’s what we have here.

3 Games pitched.

1 start.

6.1 innings.

5 walks.

7 hits.

5 runs (all earned).

There is good news in all of this. The pitcher who put up these numbers, Clarke Schmidt, is one of the Yankees’ best prospects.

If not traded this winter, he projects to be a major piece of the 2021 Yankees and beyond.

But, for now, this is the best they have at #86.

Clarke Schmidt – a young pitching prospect hopefully on the rise is the greatest Yankee to ever wear #86.

Hopefully, if he pitches in 2021, he doesn’t change his uniform number (unless he goes to #87).


(Most of the research for this project comes from

The cropped photo on the home page came from a photo on Yanks Go Yard.)

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