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While the San Francisco Giants have officially retired number 42 in honor of Hall of Famer and all-time great Willie Mays, that number was also worn by Mays when he played his final two seasons with the New York Mets. When he retired after the 1973 World Series, Mets owner Joan Payson promised that the team would not issue the number again, but she did not officially retire it. The promise has been largely kept, as only Kelvin Torve, who wore the number briefly because of an oversight in 1990, and Rickey Henderson (in 1999 and 2000) have worn it since. Henderson wore the number in tribute to Mays, and had already built a Hall of Fame-worthy career wearing it with the Oakland Athletics before he joined the Mets, so Mays acquiesced to it being issued to him.

[edit] Notable players who have worn this number

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