In 1929, uniform numbers appeared on the back of baseball jerseys for the first time, thanks to the Indians and the Yankees. By 1937, numbers finally appeared across all uniforms, both home and away, across both major leagues. Since that time, 81 distinct numbers have been worn by members of the White Sox, while the Cubs boast 76.
Today, we continue our look at those players, picking our favorite, if not the best, player to wear each uniform number for both Chicago teams with #71. 5 players have donned #71 while playing in Chicago, 3 for the White Sox and 2 for the Cubs.
Wade Davis was acquired by the Cubs prior to the 2017 season to replace Aroldis Chapman and help the Cubs defend their first World Series title in 108 years. He set a franchise record with 27 consecutive saves. He tied a LDS record by notching saves in all 3 Cub victories. Following the season, he left as a free agent.
Jace Fry donned #71 when called up by the White Sox in 2017. His 10.80 ERA in 11 games was not great. When he changed his number the following year, his numbers also improved. I’m sure there was no correlation between the two.