The New York Yankees announced today that they will retire another former Bronx Bomber’s uniform number, as they will honor Paul O’Neill on Sunday, August 21, by permanently retiring his No. 21 prior to the Yankees’ game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.
All Guests in attendance for the Yankees-Blue Jays game to receive commemorative “Paul O’Neill Day” Game Ticket.
O’Neill becomes the 23rd Yankees player or manager to have his number retired and the first since Derek Jeter back on May 14, 2017. Other Yankees from O’Neill’s playing days to have had their numbers retired are Jeter (No. 2), Don Mattingly (No. 23), Andy Pettitte (No. 46), Jorge Posada (No. 20), Mariano Rivera (No. 42), Bernie Williams (No. 51), and Manager Joe Torre (No. 6).
New York previously honored O’Neill at Yankee Stadium on August 9, 2014, when he received a plaque in Monument Park.
O’Neill spent the final nine seasons of his 17-year Major League career in the Bronx (1993-2001), winning four World Series with the Yankees (1996, ’98-2000) and appearing in a fifth (2001).
He concluded his Yankees career with a .303 batting average, 304 doubles, 185 home runs, 858 runs batted in, a .377 on-base percentage, and an .869 OPS, claiming the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 average.
Additionally, O’Neill was a four-time All-Star with New York (1994-95, ’97-98).
Plus, the game analyst for the YES Network was known for his fiery warrior-like mentality and defensive prowess, including his strong throwing arm. The left-handed-hitting O’Neill played in 235 consecutive games in right field without making an error from July 1995 to May 1997. In 2001, he became the first 38-year-old in Major League history to steal 20 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season — a mark later equaled by Gary Sheffield in 2007.
— Jerry Del Priore
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