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Brian McKenna
10-13-2007, 08:15 AM
Since full adoption of uniform numbers throughout the MLs, have there been any players to appear in a ML game without a number?

Macker
10-13-2007, 08:18 AM
Gabe Kapler did it one game for the Tigers on a night the position players wore the number of greats at that position in Tiger history. Since Ty Cobb had no number, Kapler played without a number.

Brian McKenna
10-13-2007, 08:23 AM
It happened at least 2 other times

NJMetfan4life
10-13-2007, 08:26 AM
Honus Wagner

RuthMayBond
10-13-2007, 09:17 AM
Honus WagnerUnless you're referring to as a coach, there was most certainly not full adoption of uniform numbers throughout the MLs by 1917

Mascott
10-14-2007, 08:27 AM
Joe Horlen in 1961 and Eric Davis in '84 both played in games while wearing no uniform numbers. They were members of the visiting team both times it happened. There weren't any of their teams' road jerseys available with a number, so they played without wearing any number.

Brian McKenna
10-14-2007, 04:28 PM
Joe Horlen in 1961 and Eric Davis in '84 both played in games while wearing no uniform numbers. They were members of the visiting team both times it happened. There weren't any of their teams' road jerseys available with a number, so they played without wearing any number.

Yes, sir.

Numberless uniforms have been worn at least three times since the full-time adoption of uniform numbers in the big leagues. On September 4, 1961, White Sox pitcher Joe Horlen made his big league debut in Minnesota. A last-minute call-up, Horlen was forced to wear a uniform with no number, the only road jersey the club had available. For the same reason, Eric Davis wore a numberless jersey when he made his major league debut with Cincinnati as a pinch-hitter on May 19, 1984. And on September 27, 1999, Detroit Tigers center fielder Gabe Kapler took the field donning a numberless uniform. That day, the Tigers played their last game at historic Tiger Stadium and, in honor of great Tigers of the past, members of the starting lineup wore the uniform numbers of corresponding members of an All-Time Detroit Tigers team voted on by the fans. Since Kapler played center field, he was to wear Ty Cobb's uniform number. But since Cobb never wore a number, Kapler's back was blank

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/numbers.htm

E.Howard 32
10-16-2007, 09:34 PM
I remember in one All-Star game, Lou Whitaker's uniform didn't get to the dressing room in time for the game and he had to wear one from a costume store or something like that. He looked like a little leaguer, but there was a number on the back of it!

Macker
10-17-2007, 10:10 AM
He looked like a little leaguer, but there was a number on the back of it!

Whitaker's number was drawn on in black marker.