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The Best Athletes Who Wore #24  

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List Rules Vote up the top athletes who wore 24 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 24 as their jersey number include talent from all across the sports world. Incredible talents from basketball, football, baseball, and hockey have adopted 24 as their number of choice. Athletes who wore 24 instantly have a historic legacy to live up to, with some of the greats from every sport representing the number. 

Some of the top basketball players who wore 24 include names like Kobe Bryant (during the second chapter of his career after switching from 8), Moses Malone, and Rick Barry. The MLB players with number 24 have the strongest history with some of the greatest sluggers of all time like Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey Jr. 

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 24 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 24, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 23.

Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #24
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League: MLB
Years active: 1951-1973
Stats: .302 batting average, 660 home runs, 1903 RBIs, 338 stolen bases

Career Highlights

  • 24× All-Star (1954–1973)
  • World Series champion (1954)
  • 2× NL MVP (1954, 1965)
  • NL Rookie of the Year (1951)
  • 12× Gold Glove Award (1957–1968)

Age: 88

Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, United States of America

Team: San Francisco Giants

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #24
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League: NBA
Years active: 1997-2016
Stats: 1346 games, 25.0 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists

Career Highlights

  • 5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
  • 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
  • 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • 11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001)
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
  • 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012)

Age: 41

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

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Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #24
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League: MLB
Years active: 1989-2010
Stats: .284 batting average, 630 home runs, 1,836 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • 13× All-Star (1990–2000, 2004, 2007)
  • AL MVP (1997)
  • 10× Gold Glove Award (1990–1999)
  • 7× Silver Slugger Award (1991, 1993, 1994, 1996–1999)
  • NL Comeback Player of the Year (2005)

Age: 50

Birthplace: Donora, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Team: Seattle Mariners

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Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #24
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League: MLB
Years active: 1979-2003
Stats: .279 batting average, 297 home runs, 1,115 RBIs, 1,406 stolen bases

Career Highlights

  • 10× All-Star (1980, 1982–1988, 1990, 1991)
  • 2× World Series champion (1989, 1993)
  • AL MVP (1990)
  • ALCS MVP (1989)
  • Gold Glove Award (1981)
  • 3× Silver Slugger Award (1981, 1985, 1990)

Age: 61

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Team: New York Mets

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