Who wore it best? Top Baseball Hall of Fame member with every jersey number

It's only a number.

Or is it?

No. 42. It's not just another number in baseball. It's the jersey number of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947.

MLB retired the Hall of Famer's number in 1997 – 50 years after his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now, the last player to wear the No. 42 – Mariano Rivera – will follow in Robinson's footsteps into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, along with Mike Mussina, the late Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Harold Baines and Lee Smith.

Rivera wore No. 42 when he began his career with the New York Yankees and was permitted to keep the number until he retried in 2013. 

And like Rivera and Robinson, many other elite players are identified by their jersey number.  

Mariano Rivera with his No. 42 jersey at Yankees Old Timers' Day. (Photo: Wendell Cruz, USA TODAY Sports)

Here are the best Hall of Fame players at each uniform number – from Ozzie Smith at No. 1 to Carlton Fisk at No. 72. 

1 – Ozzie Smith

2 – Charlie Gehringer (until Derek Jeter is eligible in 2020)

3 – Babe Ruth

4 – Lou Gehrig

5 – Joe DiMaggio (Honorable mention: Johnny Bench, Brooks Robinson, George Brett)

6 – Stan Musial

7– Mickey Mantle (Honorable mention: Ivan Rodriguez)

8– Cal Ripken Jr. (Honorable mention: Yogi Berra, Gary Carter, Joe Morgan, Willie Stargell, Carl Yastrzemski)

9 – Ted Williams

10 – Chipper Jones (Honorable mention: Lefty Grove)

11 – Barry Larkin

12 – Roberto Alomar

13 – None (apologies to Alex Rodriguez)

14 – Ernie Banks (apologies to Pete Rose)

15 – Red Ruffing

16 – Whitey Ford

17 – Dizzy Dean

18 – None

19 – Tony Gwynn (Honorable mention: Bob Feller, Robin Yount)

20 – Frank Robinson (Honorable mention: Mike Schmidt)

21 – Roberto Clemente (apologies to Roger Clemens)

22 – Jim Palmer

23 – Ryne Sandberg

24 – Ken Griffey Jr. (Honorable mention: Willie Mays, Rickey Henderson; apologies to Barry Bonds)

25 – Jim Thome (apologies to Barry Bonds)

26 – Wade Boggs

27 – Juan Marichal (Honorable mention: Vladimir Guerrero)

28 – Bert Blyleven

29 – Rod Carew (Honorable mention: John Smoltz)

30 – Tim Raines

31 – Greg Maddux (Honorable mention: Dave Winfield)

32 – Steve Carlton (Honorable mention: Sandy Koufax)

33 – Eddie Murray

34 – Nolan Ryan (Honorable mention: Kirby Puckett)

35 – Rickey Henderson (Honorable mention: Frank Thomas)

36 – Gaylord Perry (Honorable mention: Robin Roberts)

39 – Roy Campanella (Honorable mention: Hoyt Wilhelm)

41 – Tom Seaver

42 – Jackie Robinson (Honorable mention: Mariano Rivera )

43 – Dennis Eckersley

44 – Hank Aaron

45 – Pedro Martinez (Honorable mention: Bob Gibson)

47 – Tom Glavine

51 – Randy Johnson

53 – Don Drysdale

54 – Goose Gossage

72 – Carlton Fisk

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