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The Best Athletes Who Wore #4 

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Updated September 23, 2019 752 votes 135 voters 12.4k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up the top athletes who wore 4 for at least one professional season

The top athletes who wore 4 as their jersey number include a hit list of talented names across all sports. Baseball specifically has seen many of the top players wearing #4 with legendary MLB names like Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, and Mel Ott.

The best NFL players who wore 4 on their uniform include Brett Favre and a few legendary kickers. NBA fans have representation, as well, with Joe Dumars, Charles Barkley, and Chris Webber among the famous players to wear the number. Even NHL players like Bobby Orr and Scott Stevens sported the 4 on their backs while making an impact in their sport. 

So check out the list of athletes who wore 4 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 4, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 25.

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Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #4
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League: MLB
Years active: 1925-1945
Stats: .325 batting average, 534 home runs, 1,922 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 9× All-Star (1933–1941)
  • 2× World Series champion (1929, 1930)
  • 3× AL MVP (1932, 1933, 1938)
  • Triple Crown (1933)

Birthplace: Sudlersville, Maryland

Nationality: United States of America

Position: First baseman

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Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #4
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League: MLB
Years active: 1926-1947
Stats: .304 batting average, 511 home runs, 1,860 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 12× All-Star (1934–1945)
  • World Series champion (1933)

Birthplace: Gretna, Louisiana

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Right fielder, Outfielder

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Jean Béliveau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #4
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League: NHL
Years active: 1950-1971
Stats: 1125 games played, 507 goals, 712 assists

Career Highlights

  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 10x Stanley Cup winner
  • 10x All-Star
  • 2x Hart Memorial Trophy winner

Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Position: Centerman

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #4
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League: NBA
Years active: 1984-2000
Stats: 1,073 games played, 22.1 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals

Career Highlights

  • Basketball Hall of Fame
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1993)
  • 11× NBA All-Star (1987–1997)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1991)
  • 5× All-NBA First Team (1988–1991, 1993)
  • 5× All-NBA Second Team (1986, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1995)
  • All-NBA Third Team (1996)

Birthplace: Leeds, Alabama

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Small forward, Power forward

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