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The Best Athletes Who Wore #48

Updated January 29, 2020 1.2k votes 110 voters 5.3k views50 items

List RulesOnly athletes who wore 48 for at least one professional season.

The best players to wear 48 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. Iconic MLB players with number 48 jerseys include Jacob deGrom, Lee Smith, and Torii Hunter, all Hall of Fame-level players whose career highlights are among the greatest moments in baseball history. 

Football stars have had success with the number as well with Ken Ellis and Bud Dupree thriving with the number 48 in the NFL. Basketball and hockey have had fewer players rocking the number in NBA and NHL history. It's all proof that anyone who wears #48 has a major legacy to live up to.

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 48 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 48.

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    Jacob deGrom

    League: MLB
    Years active: 2014-present
    Stats: 66 wins, 2.62 ERA, 1,255 strikeouts

    Career Highlights
    3x All-Star selection
    2x Cy Young Award
    NL Rookie of the Year (2014)

      A great player?


      #198 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#20 of 69 The Most Likable Active MLB Players#14 of 196 The Top Current Baseball Players

    • League: MLB
      Years active: 1980-1997
      Stats: 71 wins, 3.03 ERA, 1,251 strikeouts, 478 saves

      Career Highlights
      Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (2019)
      7x All-Star selection

        A great player?
      • League: MLB
        Years active: 1978-1995
        Stats: 168 wins, 3.95 ERA, 1,741

        Career Highlights
        1x All-Star selection
        1989 World Series champion
        1989 World Series MVP
        2x ALCS MVP (1990,1993)

          A great player?
        • League: MLB
          Years active: 1997-2015
          Stats: .277 batting average, 2,452 hits, 353 home runs, 1,391 RBIs

          Career Highlights
          5x All-Star selection
          9x Gold Glove Award
          2x Silver Slugger Award

            A great player?