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The Best Athletes Who Wore #19

May 26, 2020 367 votes 50 voters 1.4k views30 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 19 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 19 as their jersey numbers are sprinkled across all major sports. It has been a popular jersey number for decades with success of athletes across the board. Legendary MLB players with number 19 jerseys include Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, and Paul Molitor, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Willis Reed and Lenny Wilkins thriving with the number 19 in the NBA. Football and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars rocking the number in NFL and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #19 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 19 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 19.

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  • Johnny Unitas
    Photo: Wally McNamee / Getty Images

    League: NFL

    Years Active: 1956-1973

    Career Highlights: 10x Pro Bowl, 5x First-Team All-Pro, 3x AP NFL MVP, 3x NFL Champion, 1x Super Bowl Champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame

    • Position: Quarterback
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  • Tony Gwynn
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    League: MLB

    Years Active: 1982-2001

    Career Highlights: 15x All-Star, 8x NL Batting Champion, 5x Gold Glove Award Winner, 7x Silver Slugger Award Winner, Baseball Hall of Fame

    • Position: Right fielder, Outfielder
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  • Paul Molitor
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    League: MLB

    Years Active: 1978-1998

    Career Highlights: 7x All-Star, 4x Silver Slugger Award Winner, 1x World Series Champion, 1x World Series MVP, Baseball Hall of Fame

    • Position: Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman
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  • Willis Reed
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair use

    League: NBA

    Years Active: 1964-1974

    Career Highlights: 7x NBA All-Star, 1x NBA MVP, 2x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, Basketball Hall of Fame

    • Position: Power forward, Center
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