ARLINGTON -- Who was the best player to wear each number in Rangers history? Here is our list with some managers and coaches mixed in. Thanks to Joe Siegler, long-time Rangers fan who has tracked every number used in club history, including Spring Training.
0: Al Oliver
His 4-year batting average of .319 is the highest in Rangers history for a player with a minimum of 300 games.
1: Elvis Andrus
Prominent No. 1’s include Scott Fletcher, Jeff Frye, Bump Wills and Billy Martin but Andrus is the clear winner.
2: Bobby Valentine
This was actually Michael Young’s number in his rookie season.
3: Mark McLemore
Alex Rodriguez wore it for his three seasons with the Rangers, but McLemore wore it for three postseasons.
4: Darryl Hamilton
The _s_tarting center fielder on the 1996 division championship team.
5: Ian Kinsler
Three-time Rangers All-Star.
6: Tom Grieve
“Tag” is far more known for what he has done after hanging up the uniform.
7: Ivan Rodriguez
Cue up the theme from the Magnificent Seven.
8: Rudy Jaramillo
He spent 15 years as Rangers hitting coach.
9: Pete O’Brien
The most famous No. 9 in baseball history is Ted Williams. He wore it in his one year as Rangers manager.
10: Michael Young
The Rangers retired it for Young. Jim Sundberg was also worthy of the honor and Young graciously acknowledged that during his ceremony.
11: Toby Harrah
The All-Star shortstop gets the nod over Yu Darvish.
12: Rougned Odor
Let's also give a hat tip to long-time catcher Geno Petralli.
13: Joey Gallo
The kid from Las Vegas doesn’t worry about unlucky numbers.
14: Julio Franco
He was a three-time All-Star and 1991 AL batting champion.
15: Larry Parrish
Parrish was an All-Star and 1984 Rangers Player of the Year.
16: Dean Palmer
He was the power-hitting third baseman on the 1996 championship team
17: Nelson Cruz, Shin-Soo Choo
Feel free to argue among yourselves.
18: Mitch Moreland
Pat Putnam was a similar player, but Moreland was in two World Series.
19: Juan Gonzalez
The uniform he wore while winning two MVP Awards.
20: Jeff Burroughs
The 1974 American League MVP.
21: Ruben Sierra
The same uniform number worn by Roberto Clemente.
22: Will Clark
Thrill over Boo. Steve Buechele also wore the number.
23: Mark Teixeira
Excellent player. Excellent trade.
24: Dave Schmidt
He was an underrated reliever for the Rangers in 1981-85. Bobby Bonds and Hunter Pence also wore the number for one year.
25: Rafael Palmeiro
The best to wear the number but Buddy Bell is the one in the Rangers Hall of Fame.
26: Johnny Oates
Managed the Rangers to three division titles and the uniform is now retired.
27: Vladimir Guerrero
There are multiple intriguing choices -- Todd Zeile, Dick Bosman -- but Guerrero helped the Rangers get to the World Series in 2010.
28: Darren Oliver
He wore it better as a reliever than he did as a starter.
29: Adrian Beltre
The number is retired because of Beltre, but it was also worn by Rusty Greer and Pete Incaviglia.
30: Neftali Feliz
The Rangers closer for two World Series.
31: Ferguson Jenkins
He holds the Rangers single-season record with 25 wins in 1974.
32: Josh Hamilton
He had five amazing seasons with the Rangers and a messy encore return.
33: Frank Howard
He had one abbreviated season with the Rangers but was Mr. Senator in Washington
34: Nolan Ryan
Were you expecting Dale Mohorcic or Paul Mirabella?
35: Lance Lynn or Cole Hamels
Argue among yourselves.
36: Bobby Witt, CJ Wilson, Gaylord Perry
What an absolutely fascinating trio for one number.
37: Kenny Rogers
38: Ron Washington
He belongs in the Rangers Hall of Fame. End of discussion.
39: Scott Feldman
The answer to the future trivia question: Who was the Rangers Opening Day pitcher in 2010 when they went to their first World Series.
40: Jeff Russell
Made it to the Rangers Hall of Fame after a number of standout seasons in their bullpen.
41: Kevin Brown
The best pitcher ever drafted by the Rangers.
42: Jackie Robinson
It was actually worn by another Hall of Famer while with the Rangers. That would be Nellie Fox, who was a coach under Williams.
43: Kameron Lowe
The uniform really stood out when Lowe had Angel -- his 6-foot boa constructor -- wrapped around it.
44: Danny Darwin
He was valuable starter and reliever for the Rangers in 1978-84.
45: Derek Holland
A huge fan favorite in Texas because he was a good pitcher and a better person.
46: Bobby Jones
He wore several different numbers as a player and a coach. This was one of them.
47: Kevin Reimer
He was used in left field but was better at designated hitter.
48: Colby Lewis
The best postseason pitcher in Rangers history.
49: Charlie Hough
The all-time winningest pitcher in Rangers history.
50: Tom Henke
He was the Rangers closer in 1993-94.
51: Matt Bush
He is still trying to come back from Tommy John surgery.
52: Tanner Scheppers
Another hard-throwing reliever who flamed out too quickly.
53: Joaquin Benoit
Right-hander who spent 16 years in the big leagues even though there were times when he seemed on his way out.
54: Matt Harrison
One brief shining moment.
55: Brian Downing
The Rangers' DH for a couple of years in 1991-92 but is best known for his years with the Angels.
56: Danny Patterson
The hard-throwing reliever went with Gonzalez to the Tigers in that 1999 trade.
57: Darwin Cubillan
The answer to the trivia question: Who was the pitcher the Rangers got from the Blue Jays along with Young for Esteban Loaiza.
58: Alex Claudio, Brian Shouse
Two side-arming left-handed relievers with similar ability.
59: Roger Pavlik
He was an All-Star as a starter for the Rangers in 1996, but then was put in the bullpen for the playoffs.
60: Warner Madrigal
The Mad Dog was a Rangers reliever in 2008-09.
61: Robinson Chirinos
Can’t list this number without bringing up the name of Chan Ho Park.
62: Jose Leclerc
He was much better wearing this number before switching to No. 25.
63: Ian Gibaut
Here today, gone to Minnesota.
64: A.J. Griffin
Better with the guitar than on the mound.
65: Yohander Mendez
We are running out of steam here.
66: Josh Frasier
Just finished his 13th season as the Rangers bullpen catcher.
67: Ronald Guzman
His first uniform number in the big leagues.
68: Guilder Rodriguez
After 13 years in the Minor Leagues, he was called up to the Rangers in September 2014 and played in seven games.
70: Brock Burke
Working his way back from shoulder surgery
71: Jose Trevino
He has since moved up to 56
72: Jonathan Hernandez
Team mascot Ranger Captain also wears this number in honor of the Rangers moving to Texas in 1972
73: Kyle Cody
Rougned Odor also wore this early in his career.
74: Sam Huff
NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff wore No. 70
75: Wes Benjamin
If he cracks the Rangers rotation in Spring Training, maybe he’ll get a better number.
76: Eli White
He is more the wide receiver-type than a lineman.
77: Luke Jackson
Now with the Braves.
79: John King
See Wes Benjamin above.
84: Prince Fielder
He wore No. 28 in Milwaukee and Detroit but decided on a fresh start with the year he was born.
88: Rene Gonzales
He was with the Orioles as a utility infielder. Cal Ripken Jr. was No. 8 so Gonzales went 88 because it was infinite and consistent.