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Best Reds player to wear each uni number

@m_sheldon
December 28, 2020

CINCINNATI -- For some players and fans, they’re just numbers on a uniform. For others, they’re more meaningful and even part of an identity. The Reds have had numbers on player jerseys since 1932. Who wore each number the best? Here is a look at each number worn for Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- For some players and fans, they’re just numbers on a uniform. For others, they’re more meaningful and even part of an identity. The Reds have had numbers on player jerseys since 1932.

Who wore each number the best? Here is a look at each number worn for Cincinnati over the years, from No. 00 to No. 87.

00: Curtis Goodwin
He batted .244 with one home run and 37 stolen bases in 134 games from 1996-97.

1: Fred Hutchinson
As manager, Hutchinson took the Reds from 67 wins in 1960 to 93 wins and the National League pennant in ’61. He battled lung cancer during the ’64 campaign and died after the season. His number was retired in '65.

2: Zack Cozart
Cozart, who also holds the distinction of wearing No. 2 the longest (from 2011-17), batted .297 with 24 home runs during his All-Star '17 season.

3: Scooter Gennett
Gennett wore No. 4 when he had a four-homer game in 2017, but he wore No. 3 when he batted .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs while being named an All-Star in ’18.

4: Brandon Phillips
A three-time All-Star for Cincinnati, Phillips hit 191 homers and was known for his flashy defense from 2006-16.

5: Johnny Bench
Considered one of baseball’s all-time best catchers, Bench was a member of the Big Red Machine that went to four World Series and won two in 1975 and '76. He hit 389 career homers and was a two-time NL MVP Award winner, the '68 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner, a 14-time All-Star and a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. The Reds retired Bench’s number in '84.

6: Johnny Edwards
Edwards preceded Bench behind the plate from 1961-67. He was a three-time All-Star and won two Gold Glove Awards.

7: Eugenio Suárez
Suárez, who is still active, joined the Reds in 2015. He was an All-Star in '18 and slugged a career-best 49 home runs in '19.

8: Joe Morgan
Morgan won consecutive NL MVP Awards as the Reds captured the World Series in both 1975 and '76. He went to eight All-Star Games for Cincinnati and won five NL Gold Glove Awards. He is the Reds’ all-time leader with 406 stolen bases. Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '90, and he had his number retired by Cincinnati in '98.

9: Joe Oliver
Oliver delivered a walk-off RBI single against Dennis Eckersley in the 10th inning to defeat the A’s in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series, as Cincinnati went on to a four-game sweep.

10: Sparky Anderson
Leo Durocher was the first to wear this number in 1932, and the first Black Reds player -- Chuck Harmon -- donned No. 10 from '54-56. But the nod goes to the skipper of the Big Red Machine. Anderson is the club’s all-time leader in managerial wins with 863, and he won four NL pennants ('70, ’72, ’75, ’76) and two World Series titles (’75 and ’76). In his nine years, the team endured only one losing season. Anderson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, and his number was retired by the team in '05.

11: Barry Larkin
A Cincinnati native, Larkin played his entire 19-year career for his hometown team and was a 12-time All-Star, the 1995 NL MVP and the winner of three Gold Gloves and nine Silver Sluggers. He was part of the ’90 World Series-winning team. The Hall of Fame inducted Larkin in 2012, the same year that the Reds retired his number.

12: Nick Esasky
Esasky arrived in Cincinnati during some lean years from 1983-88, and he was one of the team’s few stars. Esasky slugged 92 home runs in six seasons, including a career-high 22 in '87.

13: Dave Concepcion
The shortstop for the Big Red Machine, Concepcion was the defensive master of teams that won five division titles, four NL pennants and consecutive World Series titles in 1975 and '76. He was a nine-time All-Star and won five Gold Gloves. Offensively, Concepcion was a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and he ranks third in club history in hits (2,326), doubles (389) and stolen bases (321). He was the team’s captain and had his No. 13 retired in 2007.

14: Pete Rose
A 17-time All-Star -- including 13 with Cincinnati -- Rose is the Major Leagues’ all-time leader with 4,256 hits. He won two World Series (1975 and '76) and was the '63 NL Rookie of the Year, the '73 NL MVP, the '75 World Series MVP and the winner of three batting titles. He was named a member of MLB’s All-Century team in '99. Because of a lifetime ban in '89 for violating league rules on gambling while managing the Reds, Rose has been ineligible for election to the Hall of Fame. The club was eventually granted permission to retire his No. 14 in 2016.

15: George Foster
Over his 11 seasons in Cincinnati, Foster won a pair of World Series, went to five All-Star Games and was the biggest power threat of the Big Red Machine years. Foster’s best season came in 1977, when he won the NL MVP Award after batting .320/.382/.631 with a club-record -- and Major League-leading -- 52 homers and 149 RBIs.

16: Johnny Temple
Temple was a four-time All-Star and batted .291/.372/.361 during his nine seasons with the Reds.

17: Chris Sabo
Sabo was the 1988 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner and a three-time All-Star for the Reds. His finest year came in '91, as he hit .301/.354/.505 with 26 homers, 88 RBIs and 91 runs scored.

18: Ted Kluszewski
Kluszewski hit 251 home runs during his 11 seasons in Cincinnati. That included leading the NL with 49 homers and 141 RBIs in 1954. His number was retired in '98.

19: Joey Votto
In 2010, Votto hit 37 home runs with a .324 average and an NL-leading 1.024 OPS to earn the NL MVP Award.

20: Frank Robinson
A 1982 Hall of Fame inductee, Robinson was the '56 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner. When Cincinnati won the NL pennant in ’61, he was the NL MVP after he batted .323/.404/.611 with 37 homers, an NL-best 164 OPS+ and 124 RBIs. The Reds retired Robinson’s number in '98.

21: Sean Casey
Over eight seasons with Cincinnati from 1998-2005, Casey batted .305/.371/.463 and was a three-time All-Star.

22: Dan Driessen
Driessen hit 133 homers in 12 seasons from 1973-84, and he was a member of the '75 and '76 World Series winners.

23: Lee May
A two-time All-Star for the Reds, May slugged 39 homers with 98 RBIs in the 1970 season before getting traded to the Astros for Joe Morgan.

24: Tony Perez
A seven-time All-Star corner infielder for the Big Red Machine and winner of two World Series, Perez is one of the club’s all-time greats with 287 homers, 1,934 hits and 1,192 RBIs. He returned in 1984 to finish his playing career, then went on to be a coach and manager for the club, which retired his number in 2000 -- the same year he was enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

25: Gus Bell
The father of Buddy Bell and grandfather of David Bell, he was a four-time All-Star while with Cincinnati and hit a career-high 30 home runs in 1953.

26: Raisel Iglesias
With the Reds from 2015-20, Iglesias had a 3.15 ERA and 106 saves over six seasons.

27: Jose Rijo
A member of the 1990 World Series-winning team and the MVP of that Fall Classic, Rijo was 97-61 with a 2.83 ERA and 1,251 strikeouts in his 10 seasons with the Reds ('88-95, 2001-02).

28: Vada Pinson
During his 11 seasons in Cincinnati from 1958-68, Pinson batted .297/341/.469 with 186 home runs.

29: Wally Post
One of the big power hitters of his time, Post belted 40 home runs with 109 RBIs in 1955 and hit 36 homers with 83 RBIs in ’56.

30: Ken Griffey Sr.
A three-time All-Star for Cincinnati, Griffey batted .303 with 1,275 hits and a 123 OPS+ during his 12 seasons with the club.

31: Jim O’Toole
During the Reds’ 1961 NL pennant-winning season, O’Toole went 19-9 with a 3.10 ERA in 252 2/3 innings over 39 games (35 starts).

32: Jay Bruce
Bruce hit 233 home runs for Cincinnati from 2008-16 and was a three-time All-Star. His walk-off homer clinched the 2010 NL Central title on Sept. 28 of that season.

33: Jesse Winker
The active Reds outfielder hit a career-best 16 homers in 2019, and 12 during the shortened '20 season.

34: Pedro Borbon
A key reliever for the 1970s dynasty teams, Borbon is the franchise’s all-time leader with 531 games pitched from '70-79.

35: Ernie Lombardi
A five-time All-Star for the Reds and a Hall of Famer, Lombardi wore six different numbers for Cincinnati. But he hit a career-best .342 in 1938 while wearing No. 35.

36: Mario Soto
A three-time All-Star, Soto went 100-92 with a 3.47 ERA during his 12 seasons from 1977-88, all with the Reds. From '81-85, he led the Majors with 1,066 strikeouts.

37: Norm Charlton
One of “The Nasty Boys” out of the bullpen and a 1990 World Series winner, Charlton had a 3.14 ERA in 240 games for Cincinnati and was an All-Star in ’92.

38: Gary Nolan
Nolan went 110-67 with a 3.02 ERA for the Reds from 1967-77. He had a 1.99 ERA in his '72 All-Star season and pitched in four World Series.

39: Joe Nuxhall
The “Ol’ left-hander” wore multiple numbers for the Reds, but he was donning No. 39 when he went to his two All-Star Games in 1955 and '56.

40: Doug Bair
The right-handed reliever had a 3.73 ERA and 50 saves in 220 games with the Reds from 1978-81.

41: Tom Seaver
The Hall of Famer went 75-46 with a 3.18 ERA in 158 starts for the Reds from 1977-82. He threw his only career no-hitter in ’78.

42: Roger Salkeld
Why Salkeld? He was the last Reds player to wear No. 42 in 1996, the year before MLB universally retired it to honor Jackie Robinson.

43: Jack Billingham
A 1973 All-Star, Billingham had a 3.85 ERA in six seasons with the Reds and pitched in three World Series.

44: Eric Davis
Davis was the first Major League player to hit at least 30 homers (37) and steal at least 50 bases (50) in the same season in 1987. He also had 100 RBIs while slashing .293/.399/.593 that year.

45: Jeff Brantley
The Reds' single-season record holder with a career-high 44 saves in 1996, Brantley had a 2.64 ERA and 88 saves during his four seasons with Cincinnati.

46: Jim Maloney
From 1960-70, Maloney went 134-81 with a 3.16 ERA and two no-hitters in 289 games. He is the club’s all-time leader with 1,592 strikeouts.

47: Ewell Blackwell
In 1947, Blackwell led the NL in wins and strikeouts while going 22-8 with a 2.47 ERA and 193 strikeouts in 33 starts, while also finishing with an NL-high 23 complete games.

48: Scott Williamson
The NL Rookie of the Year Award winner and an All-Star in 1999, Williamson had a 2.93 ERA and 54 saves for the Reds from '99-2003.

49: Rob Dibble
A member of “The Nasty Boys” and the 1990 World Series-winning team, Dibble recorded 88 saves and a 2.74 ERA in six seasons with the Reds from 1988-93.

50: Amir Garrett
Still active, Garrett had a 3.03 ERA over 90 games from 2019-20. He is entering his fifth year in the Majors.

51: Mike LaCoss
The 1979 All-Star went 14-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 games (32 starts) that season.

52: Paul Derringer
Derringer, who wore five different numbers for the Reds, wore No. 52 in 1938. He had three consecutive 20-win seasons from '38-40, and in '39, he went 25-7 with a 2.93 ERA for the NL pennant winners.

53: Arthur Rhodes
A lefty reliever for the Reds from 2009-10, Rhodes had a 2.41 ERA in 135 appearances and was an All-Star for the only time in his 20-year career in ’10.

54: Aroldis Chapman
With a 2.17 ERA in 324 games from 2010-15, Chapman is third among all-time Reds relievers with 546 strikeouts. His 15.4 strikeouts per nine innings is the best in franchise history, and he is fourth on the club's all-time list with 146 saves.

55: Ramon Hernandez
The catcher went 4-for-5 with a three-run, walk-off home run to defeat the Brewers on Opening Day 2011.

56: Scott Sullivan
In nine seasons with the Reds from 1995-2003, Sullivan had a 3.91 ERA in 494 relief appearances.

57: Johnny Vander Meer
The left-handed pitcher had varied numbers for the Reds, but he was wearing No. 57 in 1938, when he became the only pitcher in baseball history to throw back-to-back no-hitters.

58: Luis Castillo
Still active as a Reds starting pitcher, Castillo has a 3.62 ERA in 90 starts over four years, including an All-Star season in 2019.

59: Ryan Lavarnway
On July 19, 2019, Lavarnway hit two home runs and had six RBIs in his debut for the Reds, but he played only five games for the team.

60: J.J. Hoover
From 2012-16, Hoover had a 4.12 ERA in 236 relief appearances.

61: Bronson Arroyo
A 2006 All-Star, Arroyo threw at least 200 innings in seven of his eight seasons during his first tenure with Cincinnati from 2006-13.

62: Wally Berger
The first wearer of the number in 1938, Berger hit 16 homers while batting .307 in 99 games for the Reds that season.

63: Sam LeCure
In six seasons from 2010-15, LeCure had a 3.51 ERA in 250 games (10 starts).

64: Juan Francisco
The lefty slugger hit the second-longest home run in Great American Ball Park history (502 feet) in 2011. It cleared the stadium and landed on Mehring Way.

65: Asher Wojciechowski
He went 4-3 with a 6.50 ERA in 25 games (eight starts) in 2017.

66: Yasiel Puig
Puig hit 22 homers in 100 games during his lone season with the Reds in 2019.

67: Edd Roush
There were no numbers when Roush played for the Reds from 1916-26 and again in '31. The Hall of Famer wore No. 67 as a coach in '38.

68: Tim Adleman
Adleman went 9-15 with a 4.97 ERA in 43 games (33 starts) from 2016-17.

70: Jumbo Díaz
Díaz had a 3.65 ERA in 142 relief appearances over three seasons with the Reds from 2014-16.

71: Juan Cerros
Cerros had a 4.85 ERA in 11 games in 2003.

72: Mike Stefanski
Stefanski was the Reds' bullpen catcher from 2004-18.

73: Josh Smith
Smith went 3-7 with a 5.46 ERA in 41 games (nine starts) with the Reds from 2015-16.

77: Ben Weber
Weber had an 8.03 ERA in 10 appearances in 2005.

81: Eddie Guardado
In 30 appearances from 2006-07, the lefty reliever had a 4.23 ERA and eight saves.

87: José De León
De León had an 18.00 ERA in five games in 2020.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook.