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 #53. 34 players have donned #53 while playing in Chicago, 14 for the White Sox and 20 for the Cubs.
Signed prior to the 2015 season, Melky Cabrera donned #53 for 2 1/2 seasons for the White Sox. Cabrera hit .273 with 36 doubles, 12 home runs, and 77 RBIs in 2015. 2016 was more of the same, as Cabrera finished the year batting .296 with 14 home runs. He was hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs in 98 games in 2017 before being traded to the Royals at the trade deadline.
On the north side of town, the #53 that sticks out the most is Trevor Cahill, who worked out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2015 and 2016.