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The Best Athletes Who Wore #1

Updated February 19, 2020 1.4k votes 172 voters 9.1k views30 items

List RulesVote up the top athletes who wore 1 for at least one professional season

The list of famous athletes who wore 1 as their jersey number showcases greatness across all sports. Many incredible players wanted to showcase they were the No. 1 player in their respective sport by wearing the number on their uniform. 

Some of the premier NFL players with the No. 1 jersey include legendary quarterback Warren Moon and current football star Cam Newton. Meanwhile, names like Oscar Robertson, Tracy McGrady, and Kemba Walker are among the top basketball players who wore 1 on their uniforms. Baseball and hockey also have strong representation for this jersey number in the history of the NHL and MLB. 

So check out the list of athletes who wore 1 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 1, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 11.

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  • Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #1
    Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    League: NBA
    Years active: 1961-1974
    Stats: 1040 games played, 25.7 points per game, 9.5 assists, 7.5 rebounds

    Career Highlights

    • NBA champion (1971)
    • NBA Most Valuable Player (1964)
    • 12× NBA All-Star (1961–1972)
    • 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1961, 1964, 1969)
    • 9× All-NBA First Team (1961–1969)
    • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1971)
    • NBA Rookie of the Year (1961)
    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: Charlotte, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Team: Milwaukee Bucks
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1978-1996
    Stats: .262 batting average, 28 home runs, 793 RBIs, 580 stolen bases

    Career Highlights

    • 15× All-Star (1981–1992, 1994–1996)
    • World Series champion (1982)
    • NLCS MVP (1985)
    • 13× Gold Glove Award (1980–1992)
    • Silver Slugger Award (1987)
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
    • Team: St. Louis Cardinals
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  • Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #1
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    League: NFL
    Years active: 1984-2000
    Stats: 49,325 passing yards, 291 passing touchdowns, 1,736 rushing yards, 22 rushing touchdowns

    Career Highlights

    • 9× Pro Bowl (1988–1995, 1997)
    • First-team All-Pro (1990)
    • NEA NFL Most Valuable Player (1990)
    • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1990)
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Team: Houston Oilers
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    #16 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#65 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#1 of 66 The Best University of Washington Football Players Ever

  • League: NHL
    Years active: 1950-1970
    Stats: 971 games played, 445 wins, 10,376 saves

    Career Highlights

    • 4x Stanley Cup Champion (1952, 1954, 1955, 1967)
    • 7x All-Star
    • 4x Vezina Trophy Winner
    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1929-1970)
    • Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
    • Team: Detroit Red Wings
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