NYY: 1936-1942, 1946-1951
The "Yankee Clipper" is considered by many experts as the best all-around baseball player in history. Was a sensational hitter for average and power, a splendid, graceful, ball-hawking center fielder with a powerfully accurate arm and a daring and alert baserunner. Compiled a .325 lifetime batting average from 1936 to 1951. The two-time batting champion and three-time MVP powered the Yankees to the first of four consecutive World Championships in his 1936 rookie season. Many rate his 56-consecutive-game batting streak in 1941 as the top baseball feat of all time. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955.
Number retired in 1952