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The Best Athletes Who Wore #29

Updated July 13, 2020 344 votes 55 voters 1.9k views28 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 29 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 29 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 NFL players with number 29 jerseys include Eric Dickerson and Earl Thomas, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in football history

Basketball stars have had success with the number as well with Paul Silas thriving with the number 29 in the NBA. Baseball and hockey aren’t too far behind with quite a few superstars, like Catfish Hunter and Ken Dryden, rocking the number in MLB and NHL history, respectively. It's all proof that anyone who wears #29 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 29 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 29.

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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1965-1979
    Career achievements:
    Baseball Hall of Fame
    8× All-Star (1966, 1967, 1970, 1972–1976)
    5× World Series champion (1972–1974, 1977, 1978)
    AL Cy Young Award (1974)
    2× MLB wins leader (1974, 1975)
    AL ERA leader (1974)
    Pitched a perfect game on May 8, 1968
    Oakland Athletics No. 27 retired

    • Position: Pitcher
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    5
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1967-1984
    Career achievements:

    Baseball Hall of Fame
    18× All-Star (1967–1984)
    AL MVP (1977)
    AL Rookie of the Year (1967)
    Roberto Clemente Award (1977)
    7× AL batting champion (1969, 1972–1975, 1977, 1978)
    Minnesota Twins No. 29 retired
    Los Angeles Angels No. 29 retired

    • Position: Infielder, First baseman, Second baseman
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  • John Smoltz
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain

    League: MLB
    Years active: 1988-2009
    Career achievements:
    Baseball Hall of Fame
    8× All-Star (1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
    World Series champion (1995)
    NL Cy Young Award (1996)
    NLCS MVP (1992)
    2× NL wins leader (1996, 2006)
    2× NL strikeout leader (1992, 1996)
    NL saves leader (2002)
    Atlanta Braves No. 29 retired

    • Position: Starting pitcher, Pitcher
    27
    14
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  • Eric Dickerson
    Photo: David Livingston / Getty Images

    League: NFL
    Years active: 1983-1993
    Career achievements:
    Pro Football Hall of Fame
    6× Pro Bowl (1983, 1984, 1986–1989)
    5× First-team All-Pro (1983, 1984, 1986–1988)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1986)
    3× NFC Offensive Player of the Year (1983, 1984, 1986)
    NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1983)
    4× NFL rushing yards leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1988)
    Los Angeles Rams No. 29 retired

    • Position: Running back
    25
    14
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