Derek Jeter seems to add another accomplishment to his glorious career with every week that goes by. As the Yankees all-time hit leader and greatest shortstop in history, he deserves every new honor that he receives.
And when the Yankees retire Jeter´s number 2, he will join yet another exclusive club. According to The Baseball Almanac, there have been only four players in the history of Major League Baseball that have worn number 2 and have had it retired in their honor.
Nellie Fox played for the Philadelphia Athletics, the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Colt .45s/Astros. He was a 15-time All-Star, and he won the American League MVP in 1959. Fox was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. The White Sox retired his number 2 in 1976.
Charlie Gehringer played his entire career for the Detroit Tigers. He had a career batting average of .320. He finished with 2,839 hits and won the American League MVP in 1937, when he was also the batting championship. Gehringer was inducted into the Hall in 1949. The Tigers retired his number 2 in 1983.
Tommy Lasorda played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Kansas City Athletics. Although his numbers as a player were not sparkling, he made his mark as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played briefly in the Yankees organization in 1956. He also managed against the Yankees with teams that included Steve Garvey and Ron Cey. Lasorda was the National League Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988. Tommy was inducted into The Hall in 1997, the same year that the Dodgers retired his number.
Red Schoendiest played for the St Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and the Milwaukee Braves. He was a 10-time All-Star and won the National League stolen base title in 1945. He flew out to Mickey Mantle to end the 1958 World Series. He also managed the Cardinals three different times. Schoendiest was elected to the Hall in 1989 and the Cardinals retired his number 2 in 1990.
So Jeter will become a member of a very exclusive club when the Yankees retire his number 2. And he will instantly become the number one member of the number 2 club.