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The Best Athletes Who Wore #48

List Rules
Only 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.

  • 1
    60 VOTES

    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)

    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Oakland, California
  • 2
    52 VOTES

    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

    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    • Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • 3
    68 VOTES

    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

    • Age: Dec. at 25 (1957-1983)
    • Birthplace: Jamestown, Louisiana
    • Team: Boston Red Sox
  • 4
    104 VOTES

    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)

    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: DeLeon Springs, Florida
    • Team: New York Mets