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The first baseball team to use numbers on uniforms was the 1916 Cleveland Indians when they wore small numbers on the sleeves of their uniforms, as a way of identifying the players. This practice was short lived.

in 1929 the New York Yankees decided to wear numbers to the backs of their jerseys. The numbers corresponded to each player's general position in the lineup.for example Babe Ruth wore No. 3, since he usually batted third, and Lou Gehrig wore No. 4 as he batted fourth.

There is a long list of Cicago Cub players that wore the number 23. It ennded when Ryne Sandberg put on uniform number 23. The Cubdsrtired number 23 in honr of Ryne Sandberg. Here is a list of Cubs players that wore uniform number 23 followed by the (year worn).

Leroy Herrmann (1932)

Lynn Nelson (1934-35)

Roy Joiner (1935)

Clyde Shoun (1935-36)

Phil Cavarretta (1937-38)

Vern Olsen (1939-42)

Roy Hughes (1944-45)

Vern Olsen (1946)

Doyle Lade (1947-50)

Andy Varga (1951)

Dave Cole (1954)

Bubba Church (1954-55)

Jerry Kindall (1956-58)

Jim Brosnan (1958)

John Buzhardt (1958)

Moe Thacker (1958)

Art Schult (1960)

Nelson Matthews (1961-62)

Bobby Gene Smith (1962)

Don Young (1965)

Carl Warwick (1966)

Ron Campbell (1966)

Jimmie Hall (1969-70)

Manny Jimenez (1969)

Adrian Garrett (1970)

Ramon Webster (1971)

Carmen Fanzone (1971-74)

Pete LaCock (1975-76)

Mike Gordon (1977-78)

Jim Tracy (1980-81)

Ryne Sandberg (1982-94,1996-97) retired

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