9 Pirates you totally forgot wore Jaromir Jagr's number

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Player numbers are always an important part of any professional organization. They symbolize greatness and forever being a part of an organization. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, numbers like Roberto Clemente's #21, Ralph Kiner's #4, and of course, Willie Stargell's #8 represent the franchise's rich history well. Today, February 18, 2024, another Pittsburgh sports legend will have his number retired.

While Jaromir Jagr played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, he had a larger impact on the city as a whole. Pittsburgh is a sports town and Jagr helped bring championships to a town that was starved for one. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates were just as good as any team in baseball at that juncture but instead were known for coming up short in the playoffs. No one knew at the time that these would be the last respectable Pirate teams for 20 years.

One of the other more notable aspects of Jagr was that he was iconic on the ice. His play obviously stood out, but one could find him on the ice by just looking for his black flow. However, his #68 would become just as iconic and would eventually become tied to his legacy.

Unfortunately, things did not exactly go well at the end of his time with the Penguins. Like the Pirates trying to produce a winning team for 20 years, it took 20+ years for the Pittsburgh Penguins to retire #68. Well, today they are doing that. This got me wondering, which players have worn #68 in Pirates history? Actually, there are quite a few familiar names. This will go in order of when each of the players appeared wearing the number:

Pittsburgh Pirates players who wore Jaromir Jagr's #68