John Lackey Traded A Babe Ruth Autographed Ball For His Uniform NumberBarry Petchesky8/20/14 2:17pm238EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkSave for a brief stint alongside Victor Martinez, John Lackey has worn No. 41 his entire professional life. But ahead of the deadline, he was traded to the Cardinals, who already had a No. 41 in reliever Pat Neshek. Favorite numbers don't come cheap.