It's all in the numbers—at least in Major League Baseball.
Baseball just may be the one sport where numbers don't lie. It's a sport ruled by statistics and now by sabermetric numbers as well.
But in the case of this particular presentation, we're talking about a different kind of number—jersey numbers, to be precise.
The best of the best in baseball generally have their jersey numbers retired due to their greatness on the field. Those numbers are revered in perpetuity for generations of fans. Years from now, fathers and grandfathers alike will boast of the numbers put up by the players who wore their favorite numbers.
Here is a look at the best MLB players in history as defined by their jersey numbers. For the purposes of this presentation, we will look at the body of work for each player while he was wearing that particular jersey number.