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The Best Athletes Who Wore #4 

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Updated September 23, 2019 758 votes 139 voters 12.8k 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.

Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #4
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League: MLB
Years active: 1923-1939
Stats: .340 batting average, 493 home runs, 1,995 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 7× All-Star (1933–1939)
  • 6× World Series champion (1927, 1928, 1932, 1936–1938)
  • 2× AL MVP (1927, 1936)
  • Triple Crown (1934)

Birthplace: Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: First baseman

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Bobby Orr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #4
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League: NHL
Years active: 1966-1979
Stats: 657 games played, 270 goals, 645 assists

Career Highlights

  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 2x Stanley Cup winner
  • 9x All-Star
  • 3x Hart Memorial Trophy winner
  • 8x Norris Memorial Trophy winner
  • 2x Art Ross Trophy winner

Birthplace: Parry Sound, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Position: Defenseman

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #4
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League: NFL
Years active: 1991-2010
Stats: 302 games played, 71,838 passing yards, 508 passing touchdowns

Career Highlights

  • Super Bowl champion (XXXI)
  • Football Hall of Fame
  • 11× Pro Bowl (1992, 1993, 1995–1997, 2001–2003, 2007–2009)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1995–1997)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (2001, 2002, 2007)
  • 3× AP NFL Most Valuable Player (1995–1997)

Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Quarterback

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Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #4
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League: MLB
Years active: 1915-1937
Stats: .358 batting average, 301 home runs, 1,584 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
  • World Series champion (1926)
  • 2× NL MVP (1925, 1929)
  • 2× Triple Crown (1922, 1925)

Birthplace: Winters, Texas, United States of America

Position: Manager, Second baseman

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