Retiring the numbers of legendary players has been a tradition in baseball since Lou Gherig’s number was retired in 1939. Having your number retired is one of the best honors a team can give to their former players. The Chicago Cubs have retired a total of six players’ numbers since Ernie Banks in 1982.
It was on May 3, 2009 when the Cubs retired two numbers. However, it was the same number, but for two different players that deserved the honor. Both Greg Maddux and Ferguson Jenkins wore the number 31, of which was retired. In order to honor both players, one “31” flag waves on the left field foul pole, while the other flies on the right field foul pole.