A Not-so-Dirty Dozen: The 12 best No. 12s in Yankees history

12/12/2012 4:28 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro with the Staff

Billy Martin, at left, gets some love from another player on the list, Vic Raschi.(
Today is 12-12-12, giving numerists all around the world a chance to celebrate a symmetrical dateline born from the number that signifies a dozen.

In Yankees lore, 45 men have worn the No. 12 since the team began using numbers on their jerseys in 1929. There are plenty of names on that list who are just footnotes in the media guide these days, but among the Nos. 12 are many names that are revered and even a few who are either already in or surely on their way to the Hall of Fame.

In celebration of 12-12-12, we’ve come up with a not-so-dirty dozen of the best players to give their Yankees jersey the ol’ 1-2. Unfortunately, we’re only going to give you a little tease here, but to see the full ranking – as well as some other cool content from the team – you can visit YES Network's page on BuzzFeed.

HONORABLE MENTION: Billy Martin (1950)
On any list of best Yankees, Billy Martin would be a tough omission for almost any “best of” Yankees list…even this one. No. 1 may be retired in honor of Martin in Monument Park, but in his rookie season, Alfred Manuel Martin played 36 games at second base for the Yankees while wearing No. 12. Billy may have “fired” that jersey the next year, but hey, it still counts!

No. 12: OF Kenny Lofton (2004)
Like Martin, Kenny Lofton is best known for wearing a different number, the No. 7 he sported with the Indians and five other teams. But, in the one season he patrolled center field at Yankee Stadium, Lofton sported No. 12 on his back, an unfortunate fact many opponents found out while watching Lofton rob them of hits with spectacular catches.

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