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Since: 20.1.02
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Why is it that on some jerseys (Yankees and Red Sox are prime examples) we only see the player's number and not his name?





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Because they choose not to put names on the back of them.





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IIRC, they originally did it so that people would buy the programs, and never changed it for tradition's sake.
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Usually it's the home team that wont have plyer names attached to the back of the jerseys. It's assumed that any baseball fan would be able torecognize his/her favorite players by their numbers alone.



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Like SGS said, they never added them for tradition's sake. For years they never had numbers on the jerseys because the players thought the identification made them look like inmates. Then they were added in accordance with the player's spot in the batting order. And that's just about everything I know about the history of baseball jersey numbers. I hope that was enlightening.



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    Originally posted by BigVitoMark
    For years they never had numbers on the jerseys because the players thought the identification made them look like inmates. Then they were added in accordance with the player's spot in the batting order.
And that's why Babe Ruth wore # 3, and Lou Gehrig # 4.

Therer were actually a couple of false starts with numbers in 1916 and 1922(?) before the Yankees(of all teams) started with the numbers. They were hoping to boost scorecard sales.

When the White Sox introduced names on the back of the jerseys, many team resisted because...they were afraid of harming scorecard sales.





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    Originally posted by Grimis
    Therer were actually a couple of false starts with numbers in 1916 and 1922(?) before the Yankees(of all teams) started with the numbers.


Technically, it was Cleveland, not New York. Both teams added numbers to their unis the same year, and opened their season on the same day.

But New York's game got rained out, so the Indians took the field with their numerical outfits first.

(The Yankees announced they would use numbers a few weeks before the Indians did, but I want to stick it to the Yankees!)



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