Originally written January 23, 2013 on Mets360.com:
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Retired numbers and putting people into whatever Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame, Monument Park or whatever a team honors it’s past performers can be a bit of an interesting topic. In several situations numbers are not retired until the player in question has taken his rightful place in Cooperstown, for example, with the exception of long time player and coach Jim Gilliam and retiring #24 for Walter Alston upon the longtime skipper’s retirement, the Dodgers have such a strict policy since the day Sandy Koufax was put into Cooperstown. And so his number, along with Jackie Robinson’s and Roy Campanella’s were retired on June 7th, 1972. And so on with Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Don Drysdale, Tom Lasorda and Don Sutton. Then again, some teams tend to honor their soon to be Hall of Famers, sometimes as soon as they retire. For example, the Cardinals are a bit of a hybrid of this and the Dodgers’ policy, retiring Stan Musial’s #6, Bob Gibson’s #45 and Ozzie Smith’s #1 after a...
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