Guest Post – Retire Roy White’s #6 First!
Yankee Great Roy White Snubbed Again as Paul O’Neill Has His Number Retired.
Guest Post from John McGrath
February 26, 2022
*** Don’t get me wrong, Paul O’ Neill was a great Yankee. He played nine of his 17 years in the Major Leagues for the Yanks and his numbers as a Yankee are impressive.
As a Yankee, Paul O’Neill batted .303. He hit 304 doubles, clubbed 155 homers, and drove home 885 runs. O’Neill won the Batting Title in 1994. He also played a very good right field. O’Neill was an American League All-Star four times as a Yankee. He deserves his plaque and a day of celebration, and maybe his number retired. The Warrior now works for the YES Network, which is, of course owned by the Yankees, but shouldn’t there be some order in celebrating our great Yankees?
Being a long time Yankee fan, I’ve seen the best and the worst of the NY Yankees, from being laughing stocks in the late 60s, to World Series Champions. I have seen the good, the bad, the great, and the not-so-good. I am glad Paul O’Neill is getting this honor, but the Yankees need to prioritize better.
Roy White was a very good player on some very bad teams and then some great teams. The great Yankees of the 1970s owe much of their success (three World Series appearances and two World Championships) to Roy White. He was instrumental not only in the big games but was often the reason they made it.
Roy White played 15 seasons for the Yanks. He appeared in 1,881 games, banged out 1.803 hits. White accumulated a .272 Batting Average and a .360 On Base Percentage. White scored over 100 runs twice. His .986-fielding percentage led left fielders in fielding percentage for four years in a row.
Roy was a also a coach for the Yankees for four seasons.
Paul O’Neill deserves to be in Monument Park, but it’s time to put the former Yankee Great Roy White in there too. It’s about time. In fact, it’s way past time for this.