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The Best Athletes Who Wore #4

Updated December 9, 2020 1.8k votes 269 voters 21.9k views31 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 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,Germany
    • Position: First baseman
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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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  • 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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  • 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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